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Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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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White Montana Module with 6 Drawers and Two Larger Rooms by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module with 6 drawers and two larger rooms, designed by Peter J. Lassen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Mogens Koch Cabinet and Bookcase for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch cabinet with plinth and a wall-mounted bookcase. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/COPENHAGEN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Maple, Oak

Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen Bookcase Cabinet
Located in San Francisco, CA
Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen design bookcase cabinet, Denmark. High quality construction in solid teak with dovetail joinery and adjustable shelves throughout. Unusual lower s...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Reading Horse, Modern Scandinavian Design Wooden Bookshelf, with Katrín Ólína
By Katrin Olina
Located in Halikko, Finland
Icelandic designer Katrín Ólína has collaborated with made by Choice to create home products that celebrate reading. Small Reading Horse is a small portable Bookshelf. It is a simple...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Birch

Low White Montana Module with Four Smaller Rooms, Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
Low white Montana module with four smaller rooms, designed by Peter J. Lassen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Midcentury Rosewood Arne Vodder Book Case with Tambour Doors by Sibast, 1950s
Located in Malmo, SE
A rare bookcase designed by Arne Vodder for Danish manufacturer Sibast Møbler. This piece has a one lower cabinet with sliding tambour doors and a book case upper part, all made out ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Arne Vodder & Anton Borg Bookcase Produced by Vamo in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare freestanding bookcase designed by Arne Vodder & Anton Borg. Produced by Vamo in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Two Bookcases by Mogens Koch for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch two bookcases in Oregon pine. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/COPENHAGEN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Pine

Scandinavian Vintage Oak Freestanding Book Shelf or Crib 1950s-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Freestanding oak shelf or book cradle to place on your table, desk, bench or wherever you prefer to have your books or magazines. Scandinavian design from circa 1950s-1960s. The crad...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Pair of Mogens Koch Cabinets in Oak for Rud, Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch cabinets and bookcases in oak and maple. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Mogens Koch Cabinets and Bookcases in Oak for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch cabinets and bookcases in oak Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/45 NØRREBROGADE/KØBENHAVN'.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Mogens Koch Bookcases of Mahogany for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch bookcases of Mahogany. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Ib Kofod-Larsen for Faarup Danish Modern Teak Bookcase, 1960s
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional midcentury Danish modern teak bookcase By Ib Kofod-Larsen for Faarup Møbelfabrik Denmark, 1960s Measures: 45.13" W x 12" D x 56" H. Excellent original vint...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Mid 20th Century Birch Tall Open Bookcase
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century birch tall open bookcase circa 1950. Swedish tall open bookcase, made in a golden birch. Featuring 3 adjustable shelves either side of a central partition. Sta...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Birch

Mogens Koch Cabinets and Bookcases for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch cabinets and bookcases in oak. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER//KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Ilmari Tapiovaara Bookcase Produced by Asko in Finland
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare and large freestanding bookcase designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara. Produced by Asko in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak, Lacquer

Pair of Mogens Koch Cabinets in Wenge for Rud, Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch wall mounted cabinets in wenge with removable drawers in maple. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Maple, Wenge

Free Standing Poul Cadovius for Royal System Wall System, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large free standing wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal System in teak. With 5 black metal risers. Measures: 1 x TV shelf 40 x 80 cm (D x W) 1 x cabinet with sliding doors 52 x 40 x...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Bruno Mathsson Wall-Mounted Bookcase by Karl Mathsson in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wall-mounted bookcase designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Birch, Pine

Mogens Koch Set of Three Bookcases for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch set of three bookcases of mahogany. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/45 NØRREBROGADE/KØBENHAVN.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

1940s Danish Mahogany Bookcases
Located in Berkeley, CA
Bookcase attributed to Ole Wanscher for A. J Iversen crafted of Cuban mahogany with finely miter edges, raised on stilted legs with brass caps. Bookcases are in the original shellac ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Large Wall Unit / Bookcase by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke, Denmark, Teak Brass
Located in Munster, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 made of beautiful teak, designed by Finn Juhl. Placement of shelves and sideboard can be freely chosen. The shelf was manufactured by Bovirke in the 196...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Frits Henningsen Open Bookcases
Located in New York, NY
A set of six Frits Henningsen mahogany open bookcases, circa 1940s. Danish mahogany open bookcase, circa 1940, in sections, of rectangular form with profiled edges and shelves, rais...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Børge Mogensen 4 Paneled Shelving and Storage Cabinet in Wood and Glass
Located in West Hollywood, CA
A teak Scandinavian Modern wall unit designed by Børge Mogensen, Sweden. Features adjustable shelves, sliding glass and blind door storage. Unit consists of 8 module and interchangea...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Kai Kristiansen Scandinavian Teak Shelves System for FM Møbler, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian teak shelving system designed by Danish designer Kai Kristiansen for FM Møbler, wood box and shelves can be positioned as desired; manufacture label., circa 1960. Ple...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Plywood Bookcase, Finland, 2000
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Birch plywood bookcase, Finland 2000. Consisting of a six-drawer chest of drawers and a bookcase, this set can be arranged separately or stacked. Remarkable for its design and concep...
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1990s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Birch, Plywood

Set of Three Wall-Mounted Bookcases by Hvidt & Mølgaard
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of 3 matching wall-mounted bookcases in solid teak. Designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard in 1960s. Made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Kurt Ostervig Danish Teak Adjustable Bookshelf and Room Divider
Located in Denton, TX
Modular and adjustable Danish modern teak wood bookshelf or room divider with brass support structure.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Wall Mounted Oak Bookcase by Hans J. Wegner
Located in Madrid, ES
Midcentury oiled oak wall mounted shelve designed by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner in 1950s. Marked by manufacturer.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Bookcase in Rosewood of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Bookcase in rosewood of Danish design from the 1960s. The bookcase is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Frits Henningsen Book Cases in Mahogany
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Frits Henningsen book cases in mahogany. With shelves and doors. Keys included. Profilated details. Made in the 1940's.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

White Montana Module Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module designed by Peter J. Lassen, in great used condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Mogens Koch Cabinets and Bookcases for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch cabinets and bookcases in mahogani. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER//KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Scandinavian Modern Petite Bookcase
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This is a lovely bookcase in a manageable (movable) size, with shelves that adjust to many settings using a hidden wire system. Plinth style base sits on the floor. Old growth rosewo...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Poul Cadovius for Royal System Wall System Book Shelves in Teak, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large freestanding wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal system. With 4 black metal risers and teak veneer cabinets and shelves. 1x cabinet with sliding doors 42.5 x 37,5 x 160 cm ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Mogens Koch Set of 12 Bookcases for Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch set of twelve bookcases in mahogany. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DANMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Danish Rosewood Bookcase, 1960s
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
Fantastic Danish bookcase. With upper open shelving and two closed cabinet space with 3 doors and 3 drawers. The upper shelves are not adjustable.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Bookcase / Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke, 1960s Rosewood Pine Brass
Located in Munster, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 from the 1960s with a beautiful rosewood veneer and shelves made of pine and brass, designed by Finn Juhl in 1953. The placement of the shelves and side...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Danish Modern Shelving Unit Cabinet or Bookcase in Walnut
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A nicely built free standing cabinet in walnut from the 1960s. It features 3 drawers and multiple shelves. Nice smaller scale with warm minimalist look.
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1960s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

White Montana Module with Cabinet and 6 Shelves, Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module with cabinet and 6 shelves, designed by Peter J. Lassen.     
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

1950s Teak Bookcase/Shelf System Model "Parade" by Nils Nisse Strinning
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Absolutely rare bookcase, model "Parade", designed by Nils Nisse Strinning for String in Sweden. Manufactured on Februari-21-1966. the system consists out of four stands and three ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Beech, Teak

Mid Century Bookcase Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius Denmark 1960s Rosewood
Located in Munster, DE
Stunning rosewood wall unit from the 1960s by danish Designer Poul Cadovius. The unit features five wall panels, four sideboard elements and 11 shelves (more than shown in the pictur...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Bookshelf, Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Freestanding bookshelf produced in Sweden, 1930s. Good vintage condition with signs of usage.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Pine

Solid Teak Display Cabinet by Johannes Aasbjerg
Located in Denton, TX
Danish modern solid teak display cabinet by Johannes Aasbjerg with dovetailed corners on the case, Also two sliding glass doors and an adjustable shelf inside. The back of the cabin...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Teak

Cabinet in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s, the Cabinet Is in Great Vintage
Located in Lejre, DK
Cabinet in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The cabinet is in great vintage condition.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Axel Einar Hjorth "Funkis" Shelf in Oak for Nordiska Kompaniet Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare "Funkis" shelf by designed by Axel Einar Hjorth and produced by Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm, Sweden during the 1930s. Shelf is made out of stained oak and in good vintage co...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

1950s Teak Veneer and Brass Bookshelves Cabinet with Writing Space from Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Very nice cabinet with three bookshelves including the bottom shelf three-drawer. The lower part contains a writing desk with underneath cabinet space with a shelf and two doors and...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Mid 20th Century Scandinavian Birch Bookcase by SMF Bodafors
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century Scandinavian birch bookcase by SMF Bodafors circa 1950. Stunning burr birch low bookcase with rich golden colour. Shaped top with 2 drawers below the top surface ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Birch

Contemporary Rivet Case
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Aluminium can be difficult to weld and screw. With that in mind a riveting/tenon technique was developed for the Rivet project. This was also a way to experiment with different varia...
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2010s Lithuanian Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Stainless Steel

Juul Christiansen Rosewood Wall Unit
Located in Highland, IN
This stunning Norwegian wall unit designed by Juul Christiansen as part of his "Pega" system for Arthur Soltvedt Møbelfabrik. It is crafted of gorgeous, beautifully figured rosewood....
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Mogens Koch Modular Cabinets with Bookcases, Denmark, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
His bookcase was first designed for his own private home and reflected the small rooms in most people's houses that required a flexible bookcase or cabinet. There is an extra base al...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Bookcase Attributed to Josef Frank Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare bookcase attributed to Josef Frank. Produced in Sweden.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

Mid-20th Century Burr Birch Low Open Bookcase Cabinet
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-20th century burr birch low open bookcase cabinet, circa 1950. Central bank of 5 drawers veneered in burr birch and fitted with brass loop handles. Either side of the drawers ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Birch

Axel Einar Hjorth Bookcase Oh Boy by Nordiska Kompaniet in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare bookcase model Oh boy designed by Axel Einar Hjorth. Produced by Nordiska Kompaniet in Sweden.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Birch

Vintage Danish Wall Mounted Teak Shelving System 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish wall mounted teak shelving system 1960s Floating Scandinavian modern two bay wall unit in teak with five shelves. Each shelf is mounted on black metal brackets. Shel...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Mogens Koch Bookcases of Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch set of six bookcases of elm. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Elm

Mogens Koch Bookcases for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch bookcases in oak. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. The reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/COPENHAGEN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Danish Modern Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius, Attributed, 1950s
Located in Miami, FL
Danish modern teak wall unit by Poul Cadovius, Attributed 1950s Offered for sale is an iconic Danish Modern teak modular wall unit attributed to Poul Cadovius. There is a cabi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Metal