23 Elegant Chairs That Illustrate the Essence of Danish Modernism

Denmark, in particular, has produced some of the most interesting names in 20th century design—and the 23 chairs (and one table) below are going to show you why.

Ant Chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen (1952), and a table and a chair by Poul Kjaerholm (1957, 1956).

Ant Chair

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The GJ Chair by designer Grete Jalk at the Victoria and Albert Museum's Danish Design exhibition, in London, in 1963.

GJ Chair

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Chairs suspended from the ceiling, designed by Verner Panton, the most influential Danish designer of the 1970s.

Chair Suspended

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Hans J. Wegner's international breakthrough came in 1949 with the Round Chair, which was used 11 years later in the televised presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Round Chair

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The chair became Wegners' best-known design.

KennedyChair

Photo: PP Møbler/Danish Interior Design

Teddy Bear Chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner for PP Møbler, 1951.

Teddy Bear Chair

Photo: Danish Interior Design

The "Panton" chair in an exhibition.

Panton Chair

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Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Republic of Fritz Hansen (1958).

Series 7 Chair

Photo: Danish Interior Design

Verner Panton's System 1-2-3, a swivel-based dining chair.

Verner Panton Dining Chair

Photo: Design Within Reach/AP

Verner Panton's Bar Boy bar car, a mobile cylinder of pivoting components.

Verner panton bar boy bar car

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Fritz Hansen's Egg Chair, Designed by Arne Jacobsen, 1958.

Egg Chair

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Fritz Hansen's Rin designed by Japanese designer Hiromichi Konno in 2008

Fritz Hansen's Rin

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The Flag Halyard Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1950

The Flag Halyard Chair

Photo: Danish Interior Design

Peacock Chair by Hans J. Wegner (1947).

Peacock Chair

Photo: Danish Interior Design

The Swan, designed by Arne Jacobsen (1958).

The Swan Chair

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Arne Jacobsen's Ant Chair and a Favn Sofa by Jaime Hayón (2010) for the Republic of Fritz Hansen.

Arne Jacobsen's Ant Chair and a Favn Sofa

Photo: Danish Interior Design

Pelican chair by Finn Juhl (1940)

Pelican chair

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Shell chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & SØN (1963).

Shell chair

Photo: Danish Interior Design

57 Sofa by Finn Juhl (1957).

57 Sofa by Finn Juhl

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Ocolus Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & SØN (1960).

Ocolus Chair

Photo: Danish Interior Design

Lounge Chair by Poul Kjærholm (1965).

Lounge Chair

Photo: fritzhansen.com

Nanna Easy Chair by Nanna Ditzel (2002).

Nanna Easy Chair

Photo: nanna-ditzel-design.dk

The Space Chair by Jehs + Laub (2007).

The Space Chair

Photo: fritzhansen.com

Imola chair from Boconcept.

imola chair

Boconcept