• MODERNITY
    STOCKHOLM & LONDON

     

    Modernity specialises in the collection and sale of rare and high-grade furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting and jewellery by the most renowned Scandinavian designers of the 20th Century. Our large collection includes design classics by Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen Alvar Aalto, Axel Salto, Berndt Friberg – to name a few – but we are also proud to present outstanding unique pieces. With a strong emphasis on post-war design, Modernity has throughout the years established itself as one of the leading galleries in northern Europe.

     


  • Sofa designed by Birger Hahl for A. Salmi Huonekalutehdas, Finland, 1931.

    Ash, fabric upholstery.

    H: 75 cm.

    L: 209 cm.

    W: 96 cm.

    Stamped ‘A. SALMI HUONEKALUTEHDAS’

    Price: £14,000 (plus any applicable taxes)

    Commissioned for the Parliament House, Helsinki, 1931.

     

  •  
    Sleigh chair designed by Börge Mogensen for Tage M Christensen & Co,
    Denmark. 1953.
    Wool upholstery, steel legs and rosewood runners.
    Armchair:
    H: 82 cm x W: 82 cm x D: 96 cm x SH: 40 cm
    Footstool:
    H: 40 cm x W: 75 cm x D: 48 cm
    Price on application

  •  
    Sideboard “Credenza” model 29A designed by Arne Vodder for Sibast, Denmark, 1958-1959
    Rosewood, steel and birch inner (Rare early model)
    H: 80.5 cm.
    L: 250 cm.
    D: 47 cm.
    Price: £36 000 (plus any applicable taxes)
     
    Freestanding Brazilian rosewood sideboard on six round steel legs with rosewood shoes. Front with two reversible sliding doors with respectively rosewood and original yellow and white paint. Middle section with seven drawers with curving handles. Bar section with fold-down front, inside covered with black formica. Back fully veneered in rosewood. When Arne Vodder designed this low sideboard he also presented what is probably the most loved and iconic piece of Danish storage furniture from the 1950-1960s. The model 29A was the flagship in a series of storage furniture that shared many of the same features. The series included chests of drawers, low sideboards and high cabinets. Recurring features were the drawers with curved and carved fronts, another was the option of reversible sliding doors coloured on one side, and with wood veneer on the other. Just as the option of “shadow” paint on parts of the drawers. There was also the choice between metal legs with wooden “shoes”, or a wooden leg frame.
  • Ibrahim El-Salahi, The Tree, 2003. Vigo Gallery
     
    Armchair designed by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen, Denmark, 1950’s
    Oak and canvas.
    H: 66 cm.
    SH: 33.5 cm.
    D: 68 cm.
    W: 76 cm.
    Price: Price: £14 000 (plus and applicable taxes)
  •  
    Occasional table model AT-10 designed by Hans J. Wegner for Andreas Tuck, Denmark, 1950’s
    Teak, oak, and cane.
    L: 161 cm.
    D: 57 cm.
    H: 50 cm.
    Price: £5,500 (plus any applicable taxes)
  •  
    Dining set designed by Alvar Aalto for Finmar Ltd., Finland, 1929-1935
    The set consisting of a table 91 and four 611 stacking chairs.
    The table top and lazy Susan venered in Karelian birch. The chairs in birch.
    All pieces with Finmar’s ivorine lables.
    Price: £ 21,000 for the set (plus any applicable taxes)
     
    Table:
    Designed in 1935.
    D: 127 cm.
    H: 71.5 cm.
    Chairs:
    Designed in 1929.
    H: 80 cm.
    W: 48.5 cm.
    D: 48 cm.
    SH: 43 cm.
    Price: MISSING
     
    Alvar Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, lighting, and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings. He never regarded himself as an artist, seeing painting and sculpture as “branches of the tree whose trunk is architecture.” The pure Functionalist phase in Aalto’s work lasted for several years. It enabled him to make an international breakthrough, largely because of Paimio Sanatorium (1929-1933), an important Functionalist milestone
  •  

    Floor lamp A811 designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö,

    Finland. 1950’s.

    Cast iron, brass, lacquered metal and leather. Rare model.

    H: 160 cm/ 5’ 3’’

    Price: £18 000 (plus any applicable taxes)

     

    Alvar Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, lighting, and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings. He never regarded himself as an artist, seeing painting and sculpture as “branches of the tree whose trunk is architecture.” The pure Functionalist phase in Aalto’s work lasted for several years. It enabled him to make an international breakthrough, largely because of Paimio Sanatorium (1929-1933), an important Functionalist milestone. Aalto had adopted the principals of user-friendly, functional design in his architecture, and it was characteristic of Aalto to treat each building as a complete work of art - right down to the furniture and light fittings. The design of his furniture combined practicality and aesthetics with series production, encouraging a more beautiful everyday life in the home.

     

     

     

     
  •  

    Rug attributed to Elsa Gullberg for NK Textilkammare,

    Sweden, 1950's.

    Relief pile technique.

    L: 410 cm

    W: 292 cm

    Price: £32 000 (plus any applicable taxes)

     

     

     

  •  

    Desk model 202 designed by Börge Mogensen for Söborg Möbelfabrik, Denmark. 1953.

    Teak and steel

    H: 71.5 cm.

    L: 165 cm.

    D: 80 cm.

    Price: £6 500 (plus any applicable taxes)

     

     

     

  •  

    Rug “Seaweed, yellow” designed by Barbro Nilsson for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Sweden. 1955.
    Hand woven wool. Tapestry technique.
    Exceptional and large example.
    Composed in 1955 for the Helsingborg exhibition H55.
    L: 520 cm/ 17'
    W: 228 cm/ 7' 5 3/4"
    Price: £32 000 (plus any applicable prices)

    Provenance:
    Folksam's headquarters, an insurance company based in Stockholm.

    Literature:
    Viggo Sten Møller, A book about Barbro Nilsson, 1977, compare p. 69.
  •  

    Occasional table model 907 designed by Alvar Aalto for Finmar, Finland. 1940's.

    Birch with Karelian birch top.

    Stamped 'Aalto Design, Made in Finland'. With it's original Finmar ivorine label.

    D: 62,5 cm/ 2' 1" H: 57 cm/ 1' 11"

    Price: £6 000 (plus any applicable taxes)

  • Pair of easy chairs, anonymous, Finland. 1940's.
    Velvet and mahogany.
    H: 88 cm/ 2' 10 5/8" SH: 32 cm/ 1' 5/8" W: 82 cm/ 2' 8 1/4" D: 81 cm/ 2' 7 7/8"
    Price: £14 000 for the pair (plus any applicable taxes)

     

     
  • Pair of side tables designed by Kai Kristiansen for Aksel Kjersgaard, Denmark 1960's.

    Teak with black formica top.

    H: 47 cm/ 18 1/2" W: 47 cm/ 18 1/2" D: 47 cm/ 18 1/2"

    Price: £3 000 (plus any applicable taxes)