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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Black Friday 2015: The Best Deals at San Francisco Boutiques
Racked SF, November 27th

Other sales good through Monday include the annual blowout chair/credenza sale with the lowest prices of the year and 75% off Style Series (with industrial, Mid-Century Modern and boho designs). And exclusive for Cyber Monday—take 10% off sitewide...Read more

Midcentury home fits modern life
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 26th

He posts what he knows on the Facebook group page he manages, Mid Century Modern Milwaukee. "And I found out after ... I used to live in a loft in Brewers Hill and that's when I started researching and collecting midcentury furniture and art. It's such...Read more

Artful Shopper: The Curiosity Shop
The News-Press, November 25th

We now offer some small pieces of furniture. We have mid-century modern furniture, tables, lamps and chairs. We currently have a 1920s beautiful wrought iron chaise lounge. We also sell glassware, artwork and vintage toys. We have a few pieces of...Read more

The Man Who Wants to Make NY's Art World Obsolete
Observer, November 25th

Under his guidance, the museum has mounted major permanent public installations by Chris Burden and Michael Heizer, widely expanded the collection, nearly doubled the size of the board and is pushing an expansion that will bring its mid-century modern...Read more

She makes a tiny chair, he eats a taco, she braids a lock. Every. Single. Day.
Washington Post, November 24th

“And then the third day was the first time I was sort of seeking something specific,” which ended up being a mid- century modern lounge chair made from a Chick-fil-A box. She posted a photo of each miniature to Instagram (@laurenrapp), and after...Read more

Clawson consignment shop all about mid-century modern
The Detroit News, November 23rd

On Friday, Weiner officially opens ModMart, a 3,000-square-foot resale and consignment shop on 14 Mile in Clawson that sells exclusively mid-century modern furniture, lighting and accents. A grand opening for the store, which also includes a workshop...Read more

High Point furniture market showcases the good, the bold and the ugly
Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 14th

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Mid-century modern furniture hobby brings success and profits
Los Angeles Times, November 8th

They took a weekend hobby of collecting and building mid-century modern furniture and turned it into Casara Modern, a furniture business that now counts celebrities as its clients and is in the midst of nearly doubling its Huntington Beach...Read more