Vintage Scandinavian Chairs



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Vintage Scandinavian Chairs are original chairs created in the mid-20th century by a variety of Scandinavian designers.

Brief history and description

Vintage Scandinavian chairs are sometimes often referred to as Danish-modern, which was a popular style of furniture design after World War 2 in Denmark.

Vintage Scandinavian chairs that were manufactured during this time period typically have "elegant" and "airy" forms that are almost immediately recognizable once looking at them.

Some of the most popular Scandinavian chair designers are Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen. Jacobsen designed the influential Ant chair in 1952 and the 7 chair in 1955, while Finn Juhl designed the popular Chieftain chair in 1949, which featured tongue-like leather flaps, wooden arms, leather seats, and a leather back as well. (Juhl's chairs were typically made of wood and usually had asymetrical backs).

Guide for collectors

Vintage chairs that were designed by Finn Juhl or Arne Jacobsen are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.

Restoration of a vintage Scandinavian chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, it is important to point out that restoring a vintage Scandinavian chair may reduce its value.

For more information regarding where to find vintage Scandinavian chairs, visit Scandinavian Mod.


Danish armchairs

A wooden Danish armchair with green upholstery (circa 1970s) is usually worth between $100 and $275.

Danish-modern leather chairs

Danish-modern leather chairs are usually worth between $200 and $300.

Teak chairs

A Danish-modern teak and rosewood chair with teal upholstery is worth between $100 and $350.

Finn Juhl chairs

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a Finn Juhl leather and mahogany armchair (circa 1944) for $52,000 in June of 2006.

Swedish side chairs

Vintage Galleries in Stamford, Connecticut sold a pair of white Swedish side chairs for $250 in September of 2010.

Living room suites

A Danish modern living suite is worth between $275 and $300.

Danish modern teak tables with a matching pair of teak chairs are worth around $475.

(All prices based on auction sales results from

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