Collection by Kelsey Keith

Scandinavian Design on the Docket


Peep a few of our favorite finds in a major Scandinavian design auction happening in Chicago on May 16, 2013.

In the market for rare Swedish canape from 1925? A precious papercord chaise longue by Hans Wegner? An entire 43-piece set of midcentury Danish enamelware? Come May 16, you're in luck. Wright, the venerable Chicago-based auction house run by modern furniture expert Richard Wright, is the only sale of antiques from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Works in the "Scandinavian Design" catalog range from established names—Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto, the aforementioned Wegner—but lesser-known, equally talented designers like Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, Arne Norell, Tapio Wirkkala, and Ole Wanscher, as well as carpets by Marianne Richter and Barbro Nilsson.

Hammock Chaise by Hans Wegner, 1960. Stained oak, flagline, brass; estimate $7,000–$9,000.
Fasad carpet by Marianne Richter (1963) and Spättan carpet by Barbro Nilsson (1943) for Märta Måås-Fjetterström in...
Mirror designed by Uno and Östen Kristiansson in 1960 for Luxus Vittsjö Sweden (1960).
Elizabeth chair and ottoman by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Christensen & Larsen in Denmark (1956).
Pair of table lamps by Yngve Ekström for AB Ellysett in Sweden (1960).
Wall shelves, eight in total, by Aalvar Aalto for Artek in Finland (1933). Laminated birch; estimate $3,000–$5,000.
Set of forty-three Krenit bowls with two serving utensils, designed by Herbert Krenchel in 1953.
NV-53 settee designed by Finn Juhl (and fabricated by cabinetmaker Niels Vodder in Copenhagen), 1953.