The Egg armchair by Arne Jacobsen, the Ant chair by the same designer or the Panton Chair by Verner Panton, so many masterpieces that we owe to Scandinavian design (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway). These pieces from the 1950s to 1970s have since the early 2000s taken a very high rating. Some advice from Carine Albertus, journalist for the magazine Antiquités and Brocante to hunt for these vintage pieces.Interview by Caroline Delman
What are the characteristics of Scandinavian design and iconic pieces?
The design of northern countries is characterized by the sobriety and warmth that emanates from it. Wood is a ubiquitous material and the design is refined, which makes it timeless. Among the emblematic pieces, there is the Oeuf armchair, the Ant chair and the Swan armchair by Arne Jacobsen, the Cone seats and the Panton chair by Verner Panton, the Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio or the Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen…
What can you find as pieces of Scandinavian design?
The 1950s to 1970s were the most sought after and, for the past ten years, had inspired major decoration brands. The most commonly sold pieces are chairs like the Ant or Tulip chair. But you can also find armchairs, rows (very long buffet with 2 or 3 doors), light fixtures, ceramics, small objects.
Where to hunt for Scandinavian design and at what price?
It is better to go to the galleries or specialized flea markets because you will find few parts in the classic garage sales. They are found in Paris and in the big provincial cities (note: see addresses below). Regarding the prices, they are generally high! Scandinavian design has taken a big rating for ten years. To get an idea of the price of the parts, you can refer to the book "La cote du design". You should know that an original edition will always be the most expensive. We can find re-releases that are generally at least half cheaper, or even copies whose price is even lower… Some good addresses: Galerie Anders'hus, 27 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris Galerie Dansk, 31 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris And for more info: Chiner, Collecting Carine Albertus Publication October 2008 Editions Hoebeke Price: 30 euros La côte du Design 50/60/70 Jean Michel Homo Publication October 2005 Editions Retro Design Price: 30 euros Our "Deco design" videos