20th Century Scandinavian Design

20th Century Scandinavian Design is a new exhibition presenting rare and important works from the leading furniture designers of the Scandinavian Modern period (1930-70).

Circus has collaborated with Dagmar London – a team of specialists who source distinguished pieces from across Europe, and employ experienced craftsmen to restore them. Visitors will have the opportunity to view Scandinavian furniture classics from iconic designers of the period including Hans J. Wegner, Finn Juhl, Ole Wanscher, Niels O. Moller, Ib Kofod-Larsen and many more.

This is Dagmar’s first exhibition, and will take place in our gallery space, located in an iconic 1960s modernist building designed by the late architect John Harris, providing a unique setting to show the collection over the coming months.

20th century Scandinavian design was renowned for its focus on high-quality craftsmanship and form as well as function. Combining original craft traditions with a sophisticated understanding of modernism, the leading furniture architects of this period cultivated a fusion of clean lines, organic curves and juxtaposed materials. This minimalist style has a timeless quality that is still admired today and has become highly collectable. Recent years have seen an explosion in interest in this design period leading to record prices being regularly achieved for more rare pieces on the international auction circuit.

During Dagmar’s time at Circus, some of the finest examples of furniture design from this era will be exhibited. Expect to see Hans Wegner’s rare AP-28 ‘Mama Bear’ wing chair, Niels O. Moller’s Model 62 & 64 carver chairs in exquisite rosewood, master cabinet maker Frits Henningsen’s French inspired cane chair and Ib Kofod-Larsen’s rarely seen ‘Samso’ rosewood lounge chair. Over the course of the three month exhibition, a wide variety of designers and styles will be showcased on a rotating basis, so repeat visits are highly recommended.