Vintage Danish Modern Style Furniture

Danish Modern tables and chairs, desks and dressers, and other types of furniture from the postwar period are recognizable for their simple, elegant, and airy forms. Many of the pieces, which were typified by their clean, sweeping lines, were of very high quality. As a result, excellent examples of vintage Danish Modern furniture are still available in usable condition.

One of the most influential Danish Modern designers was Arne Jacobsen, whose early work was itself influenced by the output of Charles and Ray Eames in the late 1940s, when Mid-century Modern was just beginning to flower. Jacobsen’s successful, stackable, and space-saving Ant chair from 1952 had three metal legs and was made out of a single piece of molded plywood. Other pieces, such as the 7 Chair from 1955, were even more like the work of the Eameses.

In 1957, a purely Jacobsen aesthetic arrived with the release of the Swan chair, which wrapped its users in a palm-like embrace. The interior of the chair was constructed of a fiberglass shell, which was then covered in foam rubber and upholstered in either a stretch fabric or leather. Jacobsen’s Egg chair from 1958 enveloped the sitter to an even greater extent, creating a mini-interior space out of just a single piece of furniture.

Finn Juhl was a contemporary of Jacobsen. He took a more sculptural approach with his wood-frame seats and couches, whose backs were often asymmetrical. His 1949 Chieftain chair, with leather seats and backs, and tongue-like leather flaps on the wooden arms, is one of his rarest pieces. Fewer than 100 of these handsome chairs were made, mostly for Danish embassies.

Hans Wegner got his start in Jacobsen’s office, but he quickly made a name for himself in the world of Danish furniture design and beyond. His Peacock chair from 1947 was a riff on the classic Windsor chair, with a wider cord seat and a fuller, radiating back. But Wegner is probably best known for the 1949 Round chair, which was so highly regarded it was used by Nixon and Kennedy in a 1960 presidential debate. Today it is known simply as The Chair.

Børge Mogensen designed office furniture, from desks to chairs, of elegant simplicity that harmonized form with functionality. His teak Shell chair from 1949 seemed constructed out of the sort of organic shapes one might find in the sand at the beach. Mogensen’s low-slung Hunt chair from 1950 was more straightforward, while his Sleigh chair from 1953 was a confection in white, with sled-like feet and pointed arms that were just whimsical enough to suggest use by a certain jolly bearded man in a red coat.

Verner Panton is a Danish bridge to the swinging 1960s. In 1954, Panton made a chair entirely out of a single piece of molded plywood, so that the legs, seat, and back formed an S. The pieces were too heavy to be practical, more like examples of sculpture than seating. But technology caught up with Panton in the 1960s, when the U.S. furniture maker Herman Miller produced a similar-looking Panton chair out of molded plastic. In the 1960s, Panton explored the cone shape, designing a table that rested on an inverted cone, as well as a cone-shaped chair made of zinc wire, whose see-through frame held a vibrantly colored cushioned seat and backrest.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)



An overview by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts of the design movements between 1880 and 1940 that comprised Moder… [read review or visit site]

Herman Miller Consortium Collection

Herman Miller Consortium Collection

This website showcases several hundred pieces of furniture, held by thirteen museums, that were designed for Herman… [read review or visit site]

Buffalo Architecture and History

Buffalo Architecture and History

Chuck LaChiusa's wonderful guide to the architecture and history of Buffalo, NY, also happens to host an impressive… [read review or visit site]

The Mid Century Modernist

The Mid Century Modernist

Stephen Coles' really visual blog dedicated to the Modernist era of design from 1940 to 1970 (aka Mid-century Moder… [read review or visit site]



This beautiful site showcases the collection of Stanley and Polly Stone of Fox Point, Wisconsin, consisting of earl… [read review or visit site]

Steven Cabella's personal homage to Charles and Ray Eames. This site is as clean and visually appealing as the Eame… [read review or visit site]

Kentucky Online Arts Resource

Kentucky Online Arts Resource

This huge online database from the Speed Art Museum is a rich trove of beautiful photos and reference information o… [read review or visit site]

Work of Charles and Ray Eames

Work of Charles and Ray Eames

This Library of Congress microsite is an overview of the postwar modern design work of Charles (1907-78) and Ray (1… [read review or visit site]

Classic Modern

Classic Modern

Get a taste of how homes were lit in the 50s, 60s, and 70s with the Danish retro-style lighting designs featured on… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Sewing Box Table Eames Danish Mid Century Modern Teak Art Deco 50s 60sDanish Pendant Ceiling Lamp Mid Century Fog & Murop Lyfa Eames Panton 70s 80sPhilips Desk Lamp By Louis Kalff Eames Mid Century Danish Modern 50s 60s 70s EraDanish Pendant Ceiling Lamp Mid Century Fog & Murop Lyfa Eames Panton 70s 80sHans Wegner The Chair Danish Modern Eames Era 50s Mid Century Stilnovo Italian Lamp Light Chandelier Eames Danish Modern Peter Hvidt And Orla MDanish Modern Teak Entry Chest Micro Credenza Table Bar Etc. Vintage Mid CenturyVintage Plantstand Eames Tripod Danish Modern Plant Stand Side Table 50s 60s 70sVtg. Pair "retro" Danish..glazed Ceramic & Teak Table Lamps..eames Era..greatVintage Plantstand Eames Tripod Danish Modern Plant Stand Side Table 50s 60s 70sVintage Retro,mid Century Modern Hanging Wall Lamp,danish,sconce,pendant Light60s Lawrence Peabody Slat Shelf Bench/coffee Table-nemschoff-danish Modern-ex! Scandinavian Modern Arne Norell Leather Lounge Chair Danish Mid Century VintageRetro Solid Teak Danish Seat Stool Chair Parker Mid Century Vintage Eames EraVtg Mid-century Danish Modern Retro Floor Pole Light Lamp Atomic Teak Arne Hovmand Olsen Mogens Koch Mid Century Chair Made In Denmark Danish1960s Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Floor Planter Mid Century VintageSet 4 Danish Teak Dining Chair Mid Century Modern Hans Wegner Eames Style Knoll Vintage Plantstand Eames Tripod Danish Modern Plant Stand Side Table 50s 60s 70sVtg Pearsall Chair Mid Century Danish Modern 843 Craft Juhl Wegner Lounge Mid-century Danish Modern Eames Era Atomic Ceramic & Teak Table Lamp Space Age Danish Mid-century Modern Original Hans Wegner Ch23 Dining ChairsUnusual Mid Century Side/end Tables Danish Modern Pearsall Vintage Kagan Retro 4 Vtg Mid Century Danish Modern Walnut Wood Stool Table Legs Parts 10 InchBenchmaster Leather Ottoman Ekornes Style Opens Up For Storage Danish ModernDanish Modern Moller Arm Desk Chair Design Within Reach Midcentury Eames Dwr Danish Mid Century Dining ChairsVtg Danish Mid Century Modern Lotte Bostlund Lamp Mod Eames Era Vintage Danish Mid Century Modern Hans Wegner Teak Folding Rope Chair ~ Arne Jacobsen Stelton Cylinda Line Salt & Pepper Mills / Grinders Danish VintageVtg 1970s Mid Century Danish Modern Wood & Glass Spice Bottle Jar Wall Rack 12 S.a.j. Jacobsen Danish Denmark 830s Sterling Silver Woven Cigarette Case,piercedClausen And Son Teak Danish Sideboard 1958 OriginalPair Vintage Retro 1960's Ceiling Light Lamp Fixture Mid-century Danish Danish Mid Century Modern Teak Wood CouchMidcentury Modern Danish Selig SofaDanish Modern Teak Flat Screen Tv Credenza No ReserveVtg Mid Century Modern Dining Chair Danish Style Side Desk Sculptural Danish Modern, Made Insweden Hanging/standing Lamp W/ Blue Light - Mid-centuryVintage Mid Century Pair Danish Modern Sputnik Swirl Table Lamps 4 Mid Century Tapered Legs 7.25" Wood Set Vintage 60s Danish Modern Chair StoolStelton Salad Bowl Arne Jacobsen Danish DesignMid Century Modern Kitchen Dinette Table Danish Legs Chrome Edge Formica Top EvcPinup On Fluffy Rug Danish European Full Nude Pin Up Original C1950s PhotoVintage Mid Century Danish Modern Wicker Rattan Lamp Eames Albini Martz Era1964 Lane Walnut Round Table End Side Adrian Pearsall Design Eames Danish Knoll4 Vtg Tv Tray Table Set Green & Gold W/ Stand 60s 70s Danish Modern MetalVintage Teak Kalmar Designs Tambour Top Rolodex Danish Modern Desk AccessoryDanish Modernist Era Ergonomic Kneeling Chair British DesignVintage Mid-century 3-seat Bench Seatie Danish Modern Era #1Fabulous Mid-century Danish Modern Teak Wood 6 Bottle Wine Rack Kustom KraftVintage Retro Danish Modern Teak Wood Sculpture Lamp...lqqk!Watco Danish Oil Finish - Furniture & Interior Woods - 8 Fl. Ozs

Recent News: Danish Modern Furniture

Source: Google News

Find a harmony between old and modern objects
Irish Examiner, July 11th

Mixing antique and contemporary elements is an enduring look and helps to pull together different styles in furniture and objects you have and which don't seem to get along. What is key to harmonising these odds 'n' sods you might have ... A collection...Read more

New Scandinavian design for the 21st century
The Globe and Mail, July 11th

On one hand, the success of the previous generations made (and continues to foster) Denmark's reputation as a design nation. On the other, the pressure to conform to the mid-century look and ethos is palpable. (In 2010, the furniture and interior...Read more

Mid-Century Modern exhibition at the NGV showcases our postwar homes
The Australian, July 11th

The National Gallery of Victoria exhibition Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design shows how these conditions shaped the nation's domestic arrangements. The gallery has reconstructed one of the “small homes” offered by the Small Homes Service, ...Read more

Construction to begin on 6-story development
Berkeleyside, July 11th

Demolition has begun on the lot at the corner of Shattuck Ave. and Dwight Way, bringing down the building that was home to furniture store Modernaire, which has moved to a new location. In its place will be a new, 6-story mixed-use housing development, ...Read more

Insider's guide to the Design District
SFGate, July 10th

is a consortium of modern Italian furniture showrooms. Find dozens of well-established lines including Delinear's sustainably crafted hand-knotted modern rugs, British-born Tom Dixon's line of modern lighting and furniture, and Italy-based Apcer's...Read more

Estate Sale Roundup: July 10-13: Beat the heat this weekend with a cool trip ...
Austin Chronicle, July 10th

On a more secular note, you will also find mid-century and contemporary modern furniture including a mid-century Unagusta china cabinet and dining table with six chairs; teak Danish Modern bar cart, teak Danish Modern buffet, teak lounge chair and ...Read more

Retro at Home
Volume One, July 10th

Sadly, I never got to meet him, but I believe he is where I get my sense of style. I also have a spectacular mid-century modern chair that was gifted to me by a dear friend who has since passed, it constantly reminds me of her and makes me smile...Read more

See the best of Danish Modern furniture
HeraldNet, July 10th

After World War II and the war in Korea, people now in their 80s bought up these houses, and many, such as Anna and Peter Evans of Mountlake Terrace, invested in Danish Modern furniture from Scan Design and Skarbos...Read more