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.


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Tri-City Herald (blog), February 6th

In today's What's It Worth? we'll investigate the values of a phonograph record from the 1960s, and Mid-Century Modern furniture of the 1950s. Q. This 33 1/3 rpm record by The Kingsmen — a Northwest rock 'n' roll group that had a big hit with the song...Read more

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Los Angeles Times, February 6th

both showing American and European midcentury furniture; and the Butler & the Chef from San Francisco, specializing in vintage French and European industrial design. Los Angeles dealers include Danish Modern NoHo, Dragonette and Reform Gallery...Read more

Clean and lean: Scandinavian design's starkly simple silhouettes have gone ...
Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 5th

Kivik. Hemnes. Ektorp. Even if you aren't sure what these funny-sounding words mean, they're probably familiar to you. That's because they're the names of sofas and bookshelves from Ikea. But did you know that the Swedish company names its products ...Read more

Cuatro Brings a Taste of Round Top to the Heights
Houstonia Magazine, February 5th

The entrance to Cuatro is marked by a vintage-style cursive letter sign—and, for the moment, a dumpster, which is blocking the drive. The latter impediment might be embarrassing and distressing to the typical high-end furniture store owner, but...Read more

Make room for art: Designer rooms featured in expanded Palm Beach show
Palm Beach Daily News, February 5th

“The art has a clean, graphic nature to it, which works well with the mid-century modern furniture, which is upholstered in gray, black and white with an accent stripe of yellow,” Coleman said. Attending art fairs such as this show is part of Coleman's ...Read more

Museum & Gallery Listings for Feb. 5-11
New York Times, February 4th

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 'Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age' (through May 1) In December, the Met unveiled a beautiful new period room in the American Wing: the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room, which was created in the early 1880s by the...Read more

Scandinavian design: Lean, clean beauty
Fairfield Daily Republic, February 4th

Kivik. Hemnes. Ektorp. Even if you aren't sure what these funny-sounding words mean, they're probably familiar to you. That's because they're the names of sofas and bookshelves from Ikea. But did you know that the Swedish company names its products ...Read more

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Wall Street Journal, January 31st

“Mad Men” has come and gone, but demand for furniture from the mid-20th century continues. Prices of chairs, tables, sofas and other pieces, particularly those of Scandinavian origin, from the late 1940s through the early 1960s have increased...Read more