Asko is responsible for some of the most iconic Finnish design of the modernist era. Collaborations with Esko Pajamies, Ilmari Tapiovaara and Eero Aarnio were pivotal to the success of the brand and remain highly collectible—and valuable—in today’s market.
Bodafors (aka AB Svenska Möbelfabrikerna i Bodafors, Svenska Möbelfabriken AB)
(Sweden, 1918-1971 when it became part of the Dux furniture group)
While Bodafors was known by many names, it was, until the 1950’s, renowned for creating furniture for the upper echelons of Swedish society. In the mid century, however, the company changed focus to the middle classes and embarked on successful collaborations with Swedish design greats Carl Malmsten and Bruno Mathsson.
Bramin (also known as N.A. Jorgensen)
Through a combination of eye-catching advertising campaigns and collaborations with popular designers such as H.W. Klein, Hans Olsen and Johannes Andersen, Bramin enjoyed huge success in the 60’s and 70’s to the point where its name became synonymous with high-quality, Danish Modern furniture design.
Despite finding fame as a mattress manufacturer, Dux enjoyed huge success in furniture making throughout the 1950’s and 60’s when collaborations with design greats like Bruno Mathsson, Alf Svensson and Carl Malmsten made them a household name in Sweden and beyond.
Ercol rose to fame in the post-war era by creating affordable, solid wood (elm and beech) furniture for British homes. The company’s use of steam-bending techniques precluded the need to use screws and set a tone of craftsmanship that remains today. Ercol is also known for introducing a suspended seating system that greatly increased comfort levels. Read more
France & Son (also known as France & Daverkosen and Cado)
France & Son is perhaps the most recognisable name in mid century Danish furniture. The brand is rightly synonymous with quality despite being at the forefront of mass production and flat-pack furniture. Collaborations with Finn Juhl, Ole Wanscher, Grete Jalk and more mean items by this maker remains hugely popular—and collectible.
Fredericia has been at the pinnacle of Danish design for over 100 years. Through its dedication to detail, high-quality materials and form, Fredericia has produced, in collaboration with the likes of Hans Wegner and Børge Mogensen, some of the most iconic and collectible designs of a generation.
Republic of Fritz Hansen is a world-renowned manufacturer of luxury Danish furniture that has collaborated with some of the biggest names in design including Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, Vico Magistretti and many more. Fritz Hansen items are made to the highest standards and remain highly collectible.
G-Plan (formerly E. Gomme)
G-Plan rose to prominence when it took the ‘radical’ step to sell lounge suites with contrasting upholstery and cemented its place in British furniture history with the launch of the #6250 or the “world’s most comfortable chair” as it became known. Mid century G-Plan pieces are favoured for their solid build, charming designs and reasonable price.
Getama produced many of Hans J. Wegner’s most famous designs. This successful collaboration, alongside the company’s commitment to making ‘furniture for life’, brought great renown. Getama still produces many of these designs today; vintage Getama pieces are both collectible and valuable.
Greaves & Thomas
(England, 1922-1967 when acquired by Schreiber)
East London-based furniture maker Greaves & Thomas rose to prominence with the ‘Put-U-Up’ sofa, a fold out sofa bed which was produced for over 30 years. In the 1950’s and 60’s, it produced a host of contemporary furniture that, while perhaps less collectible than the most famous makers of the period, was made to the highest standards using quality materials.
(England, dates unknown)
Guy Rogers was a well-known furniture manufacturer based in Liverpool. Through a hugely successful partnership with Heal’s of London, where almost all Guy Rogers furniture was sold, the company built a reputation for craftsmanship and quality. Afromosia (African teak) pieces are particularly collectible.
Founded by Danish design legend Neils O. Møller, JL Møller is, and has always been, synonymous with quality. It is said that it took the company five years to turn each chair from a sketch to a finished product. This is an indication of just how seriously the company takes furniture making and it is for this reason that Møller furniture remains collectible, desirable and valuable.
Karl Andersson and Söner
Karl Andersson & Söner has been operating in the same location and according to the same principals for 120 years. Each piece is handcrafted with longevity and sustainability in mind. The company is perhaps most famous for its collaboration with Danish design legend Børge Mogensen.
Founded in Milan, where the company remains today, Kartell is perhaps most famous for its trailblazing work with plastic furniture. It also garnered renown in the mid century for its progressive and colourful designs, many of which influenced the shapes and styles of the most iconic late 20th century furniture.
The quality of mid century McIntosh furniture is such that it is often confused as Danish Modern design. Marketed as a proudly Scottish firm with a local workforce of skilled cabinetmakers, McIntosh garnered renown from around the world. The teak and rosewood sideboards produced in the 50’s and 60’s have become increasingly collectible in recent years.
Despite beginning as a luxury department store, Nordiska Kompaniet also boasted a hugely successful in-house design team. It started by offering a bespoke interiors service but this soon developed to include serial furniture production. Collaborations with design heavyweights such as Carl Malmsten and Yngvar Sandström proved extremely fruitful and these items remain valuable.
Stag is best known for its ‘C’ range, which was created by John and Sylvia Reid. These minimalist shapes became instantly popular and the appeal of this furniture endures today. Well-made and relatively affordable, vintage Stag furniture remains a great starting point for fans of mid century design.
Vejle Stole Møbelfabrik
Vejle Stole Møbelfabrik was a Danish furniture manufacturer with a reputation for producing furniture made with the best materials. The build quality alone makes these items collectible and valuable, even if the name is less well-known than some of the other more prolific Danish producers of the time.
(England, dates unknown)
In the 1950’s and 60’s, British manufacturer Younger produced high-end, contemporary furniture in low volumes. Made with high-quality materials like teak and African teak, Younger items were finished to exacting standards and were extremely desirable. If cared for properly, these pieces are very likely to have to stood the test of time.