Why I love… Danish Modern

1.Danish Modern Walnut Lounge Chair Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin - signed2. 

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Danish modern design was at it’s height from the 1940’s-1960’s.  It featured clean lines, minimalist designs, and originated in Denmark, of course. Generally the designs of this style really took into account how the human body would interact with the chair, and so you’ll find the proportions to be just right. I’ve noticed more recently that a lot of these designs are coming back, popping up in some of my favorite furniture stores, even the more popular ones like Crate and Barrel and Room and Board.

As a new homeowner and amateur interior designer, I have been loving furnishing the home my husband and I bought recently. It’s a modestly sized house, so finding the right size furniture to fill the space but also allow enough seating for lots of entertaining (which we love to do!) has been a challenge. In my search for an accent chair for the living room, I have found myself consistently leaning toward danish modern designs, and preferably vintage. Here’s what I love about the chairs I’ve been finding:

  • beautiful use of walnut and teak
  • smooth wood, almost baby soft
  • broad curves to compliment a very few sharp angles
  • use of thin pieces of wood, so as to not look bulky; in a small living room like mine, this keeps it from closing off the space leaving the room feeling airy and light

Even though they aren’t super squishy over sized loungers, they still look plenty comfortable for long conversations over a glass of wine or scotch. Plus, the elegance of the wood and the striking style are bound to strike up a conversation about design, which I am always happy to chat about!


Found Images:

  1. Etsy – Object of Beaty
  2. Room & Board
  3. Apartment Therapy
  4. Furniture Fashion

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