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Scandinavian Modern Seating

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak. Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Mogens Lassen Style Danish 1940s Lounge Chairs with Carved Wood Armrests
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Super charming 1940s pair of lounge chairs in the style of Mogens Lassen with a very sculptural organic shape and harmonious proportions. Versatile and very suitable for a smaller sp...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Beech, Velvet

Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s Sheepskin Wing Chair
Located in London, GB
High-backed vintage armchair in the manner of Flemming Lassen, produced in Denmark sometime between 1940-1950. The legs are stained beechwood and the chair has been completely recond...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Kai Kristiansen Rosewood Bench and Drawers Set, circa 1960
Located in London, GB
Stunning, exotic grained rosewood bench with matching, loose standing two-drawer unit which can be positioned anywhere along the bench surface. This piece was designed by Danish desi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Rosewood

Danish Mid-Century 1950's Lounge Chair with Teak Accent on Armrests
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful early 1950's Classic danish modern lounge chair boasting wood tipped arm rests, tapered teak legs, and still usabke orignal two-tone fabric. A sleek and sturdy design that ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Wool, Teak

Folke Jansson 'Tellus' Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Folke Jansson, sofa model 'Tellus', fabric, wood, brass, Sweden, designed in 1956. Elegant sofa by Swedish designer Folke Jansson. This design shows beautiful flowing lines. Start...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Brass

Custom Made Round Sheepskin Ottoman with Oak Ball Feet
Located in London, GB
Custom-made ottoman developed & produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. This example is upholstered in a Honey coloured sheepskin and features oiled ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Oak

Pair of Custom Made Round Sheepskin Ottomans with Oak Ball Feet
Located in London, GB
Custom-made ottomans developed & produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are upholstered in a Honey coloured sheepskin and feature oil...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Oak

Pair of Custom Made Round Shearling Ottomans
Located in London, GB
A pair of round custom made shearling ottomans on hardwood base with stained beech legs. The foam body is covered in premium, tufted Australian shearling. These items are made to...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Beech, Sheepskin

Fritz Hansen 1940s Sheepskin Armchair
Located in London, GB
Rarely seen model 1664 lounge chair produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark, in the 1940s-1950s. This model is similar to the iconic 1669 armchair and has a slightly higher back. The leg...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Danish Modern Børge Mogensen Dining Chairs in Steel and Plywood, 1953
Located in Odense, DK
Rare set of 4 vintage dining chairs by Børge Mogensen. This brilliant design was produced in the early 1950s by Søborg Møbelfabrik, Denmark. It is made from molded teak plywood and a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Steel

Custom Made 1940s Style Sheepskin Wing Chair
Located in London, GB
Dagmar Design Custom-Made Upholstered Range A custom made wing chair developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. The frames are hand-built...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Custom Made Model 54 Sheepskin Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Model 54 lounge chair & ottoman A custom made lounge chair and matching ottoman developed and hand-made at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Danish Lounge Chair in Teak and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kircodan, lounge chair, teak, leather, Denmark, 1950s Lounge chair in beautiful patinated leather and teak frame by Danish manufacturer Kircodan. Similar to a hunting chair this l...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Leather, Teak

Danish Cabinetmaker 1950s Sheepskin Wing Chair
Located in London, GB
High-backed vintage armchair in the manner of Flemming Lassen, produced in Denmark sometime between 1940-1950. The legs are stained beechwood and the chair has been completely recond...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Axel Einar Hjorth, "Lovö" Lounge Chair, Stained Pine, Fabric, NK, Sweden, 1939
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lounge chair model "Lovö". Design attributed to Axel Einar Hjorth. Produced by Nordiska Kompaniet, 1939. In solid stained pine. Cushions in vintage fabric are removable.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Fabric, Pine

Slagelse Mobelvaerk 1950s Sheepskin Sofa
Located in London, GB
Slagelse Mobelvaerk Model 185 sofa, 1952 Rarely seen curved loveseat sofa from Danish cabinetmakers Slagelse Mobelvaerk. Stained oak legs and new sheepskin upholstery from New ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Oak

ISKU Pair of Club Chairs Made in Finland in Faux Shearling
By Isku
Located in Wilton, CT
The look of these chairs is reminiscent of Paul Frankl's station wagon series. The oversized arms give these chairs their unique character. The faux shearling marries well with the S...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Animal Skin, Teak

Custom Made Sampo Sheepskin Wing Chairs
Located in London, GB
Dagmar Design custom-made upholstered range A custom made wing chair developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. The frames are hand-bui...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Arne Norell Ari Lounge Chair & Ottoman, New Cognac Leather
Located in Utrecht, NL
Vintage Ari lounge chair and ottoman with beautiful high gloss chrome steel frame designed by Swedish designer Arne Norell in 1966. One of the most timeless iconic and most comfortab...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Chrome

Custom Made Round Boucle Ottoman with Walnut Legs
Located in London, GB
A round, custom made shearling ottoman on hardwood base with oiled walnut legs. The foam body is covered in premium, cotton-wool blend boucle fabric. These items are made to orde...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Walnut

Revolving Fk 86 Leather Lounge Chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful iconic revolving lounge chair model FK-86 designed by Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm and manufactured by Kill International, Germany 1970s. This chair has a heavy solid...
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1970s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Custom Made Model 54 Boucle Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Model 54 lounge chair A pair of custom made lounge chairs developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples ar...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Walnut

Svend Ellekaer 1950s Rosewood Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Round ottoman, 1962 3-leg rosewood frame with round seat pad covered in new Italian bouclé wool fabric. Manufactured by Christian Linnebergs Møbelfabrik, Denmark. Literature: ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Rosewood, Bouclé

Custom Made Model 54 Boucle Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Model 54 lounge chair & ottoman A custom-made lounge chair and matching ottoman developed and hand-made at our workshops in London using the highest quality mater...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Walnut, Bouclé

Large Sofa by Fredrik A. Kayser, 1950s
Located in Belgium, BE
Very rare three-seat sofa by Fredrik A. Kayser manufacturer by Vatne Møbler, Norway and in perfect condition. This refined design can be compared to the designs of Finn Juhl and Nann...
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Velvet, Oak

Niels Moller Model 80 teak chairs 6x Denmark 1966
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice set of 6 teak dining chairs model 80, designed by Niels Moller and manufactured by J.L. Møller Mobelfabrik, Denmark 1966. The chairs have solid teak frames and original bro...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Leather, Abalone, Teak

Pair of Custom Made Round Boucle Ottomans with Walnut Legs
Located in London, GB
A round, custom made shearling ottoman on hardwood base with oiled walnut legs. The foam body is covered in premium, cotton-wool blend boucle fabric. These items are made to order ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

Custom Made 1940s Style Boucle Wing Chair
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design custom-made upholstered range A custom made wing chair developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. The frames are hand-bui...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Beech

Lovely Sofa and Daybed of White Wool by Ire Möbler, 1950s, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
This unique and lovely vintage sofa and bed sofa was produced by IRE Möbler (still active today) in the 1950s, Sweden. The back is removable in which makes this a perfect extra bed a...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Leather, Birch, Wool

Pair of Custom Made 1940s Style Boucle Wing Chairs
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design custom-made upholstered range A pair of custom made wing chairs developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. The frames are...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Beech

PIA Chair by Poul Codavius - Smoked Oak
Located in Paris, FR
PIA chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H 75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper cordel: – Nat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Oak

Custom Made RYO Boucle Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design RYO Armchairs A pair of custom made lounge chairs developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are uphols...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Beech

Footstools by Finn Juhl for France & Søn in Teak and New Black Faux Leather
Located in Denver, CO
A pair of teak footstools in new black faux leather upholstery by Finn Juhl for France & Søn.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Upholstery, Teak

Swedish Modernist Designer, Minimalist Stool, Pine, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Swedish pinewood stool or side table. By unknown designer, 1970s.   
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Pine

Marta Blomstedt 1930s Sheepskin Wing Chair for The Hotel Aulanko
Located in London, GB
Marta Blomstedt Hotel Aulanko Wing Chair, 1939. This iconic wing chair was designed by Finnish architect Marta Blomstedt for the foyer of the Hotel Aulanko in Hameenlinna, Finland....
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1930s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Elm

Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen
Located in Boston, MA
Børge Mogensen designed his iconic Spanish Chair in 1958. Shown that year at a cabinetmakers exhibition in Copenhagen, it went into production by Fredericia Stolefabrik. The solid oa...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Oak, Leather

Swedish Modernist Designer, Minimalist Stool, Pine, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Swedish pinewood stool or side table. By unknown designer, 1970s.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Pine

Peter Hvidt 1940s Boucle Armchair for Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Peter Hvidt Model 1748 Lounge Chair, circa 1940s This elegant low-back lounge chair was produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark in the late 1940s by master-designer Peter Hvidt. The be...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Beech

Pair of Danish 1940s Style Custom Made Boucle Armchair
Located in London, GB
A pair of custom made lounge chairs, inspired by the Scandinavian style of the 1940s-1950s. These high-end productions are handmade to order at our workshops in England. The chair...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Oak, Walnut, Bouclé, Beech

1950s Swedish Boucle Samspel Sofa by Carl Malmsten
Located in London, GB
Carl Malmsten 'Samspel' sofa First designed in 1956 and produced by AB Record in Bollnas, Sweden, the 'Samspel' sofa is one of the finest pieces to be drawn by Sweden's design ico...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Wool, Cotton, Beech

Pair of Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s Boucle Armchairs
Located in London, GB
A pair of Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s lounge chairs reupholstered in luxurious cotton-wool blend off-white bouclé fabric from Chase Erwin in England. This pair of chairs were made ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Beech

Ole Wansher Elegant Set of Six 'PJ 412' Dining Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Wansher for P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, set of six 'PJ 412' dining chairs, mahogany, black leather, Denmark, 1950s Exclusive set of 'PJ 412' dining room/conference chairs by Ole W...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Leather, Mahogany

Birte Iversen 1940s Vintage Danish Boucle Sofa
Located in London, GB
This exceptional piece of Danish furniture was designed in the 1940s by designer Birte Iversen and produced by master cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen. This example has been reupholstered i...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Mahogany

Illum Wikkelsø Lounge Chair in Blue Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Illum Wikkelsø, blue fabric and oak lounge chair, Denmark, 1960s. This lounge chair was designed by Illum Wikkelsø and manufactured by Mikael Laursen in Denmark in the 1960s. This l...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Fabric, Oak

Scandinavian Oak / Teak Grasshopper Lounge Chair in Beige and Black Bouclé Wool
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Great grasshopper lounge armchair from an unknown Scandinavian designer / manufacturer. Oak frame with Teak armrests and newly upholstered in soft Bouclé wool from Dedar. All in very...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Oak, Teak

Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s Boucle Armchair
Located in London, GB
A Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s lounge chair reupholstered in luxurious cotton-wool blend off-white bouclé fabric from Chase Erwin in England. This chair was made in Denmark in the 1...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Beech

Set of 4 Santos Rosewood Dining Chairs by Kai Kristiansen
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
Very nice set of 4 chairs, the nicely figured solid Santos Rosewood is in very good condition, and the original quality wool fabric seats have been professionally cleaned, rewebbed a...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Hardwood

Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s Curved Boucle Sofa
Located in London, GB
Danish cabinetmaker Curved sofa, 1940s. Curved sofa produced in Denmark in the 1940s. The sofa has thick, stained beechwood legs and has been reupholstered in cotton-wool blend...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé

Set of Eight Armchairs in Oak and Blue Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Armchairs, oak, upholstery, Denmark, 1960s Set of eight sculpted dining chairs in solid oak and blue upholstery. These chairs show the characteristics of the well-crafted furnitur...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Oak, Fabric

Set of 8 Niels Møller Model 71 Oak Dining Chairs
Located in London, GB
Niels O. Møller Model 71 dining chairs, oak Set of 8 oak dining chairs designed by Niels O. Moller for his own company J.L. Moller Mobelfabrik, Denmark. The Model 71 was one of...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Cotton, Cord, Oak

Paul Leidersdorff for Cardo 'Caravelle' Lounge Chair in Red Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Leidersdorff for Cado, 'Caravelle' lounge chair, leather, aluminum and wood, Denmark, 1960s Modern armchair created by Paul Leidersdorff for Cado. The slipper chair holds a L-s...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Pair of Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s Boucle Armchairs
Located in London, GB
A pair of Danish cabinetmaker 1940s lounge chairs reupholstered in luxurious cotton-wool blend off-white bouclé fabric from Chase Erwin in England. This pair of chairs were made in ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Beech

Swedish Bar Stools in Metal and Red Velvet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Johanson Design, bar stools, metal, upholstery, Sweden, 1970s These sleek bar stools feature a seat upholstered in eye-catching red velvet. The fabric combines well with the metal...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Metal

Kai Kristiansen Pair of Rosewood Ottomans by Aksel Kjersgaard, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Pair of Kai Kristiansen rosewood ottomans produced by Aksel Kjersgaard in Denmark, circa 1950s. The seats has been reupholstered in off-white, pure wool fabric from Chase Erwin.   
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Wool, Rosewood

Dagmar Design Custom Made Sheepskin Ottoman
Located in London, GB
A custom made sheepskin ottoman on hardwood base with stained beech legs. The foam body is covered in premium, tufted Australian shearling. This item is made to order in our Lond...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

Rainer Daumiller Dining Chairs in Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Rainer Daumiller, dining chairs, pine, Denmark, 1970s Beautiful set of organic and natural armchairs in solid pine. A lovely design focusing on the natural expression and grain of...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Pine

Fritz Hansen Attributed 1940s Sheepskin Armchair
Located in London, GB
Lounge chair attributed to Fritz Hansen, produced in Denmark between 1940-1955. The legs are stained beechwood and the chair has been completely reconditioned in our London workshop ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Danish Modern Armchair by Nanna Ditzel in Oak and Patinated Leather, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare armchair in oak and nicely patinated black leather. Designed by Nanna Ditzel for Copenhagen county court. This example is only made in a few examples and therefore a rare collec...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Leather, Oak