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Scandinavian Contemporary (1960-1990)

The Scandiavian Contemporary style is a simple utilitarian design style in natural wood popularized by Danish and Swedish designers.

Scandinavian Contemporary Sofa Scandinavian Contemporary Side Table Scandinavian Contemporary Chair

Simple - Straight lines, simple design, and little ornamentation.

(Contemporary style shown)

Chair Arms
Straight - Arms are straight and perpendicular to chair.

Chair Back Material
Wood - Solid wood, horizontal slats, vertical slats, or vertical splats.

Chair Back Shape
Top Rail - Simple, flat horizontal top rail.

Chair Leg
Round - Round, usually shaped or turned leg.
Splayed - Leg with a concave shape.
Square - Flat surfaced leg on all sides.
Straight - Straight leg, vertical to chair seat.
Tapered - Straight leg gradually decreasing in width.

Chair Seat Material
Wood - Various types of wood.

Chair Seat Shape
Square - Square shaped seat.

Drawer Pull
Wooden Mushroom-Shaped Knob - Mushroom-shaped wooden knob, often 1 inch high and 1.5 to 2.5 inches in diameter.

Leather - Material made from the tanning of animal hides.

Oil Varnish - Clear finish that emphasized the grain of the wood.
Stain - Transparent to moderately opaque finish that alters the color of the wood grain.
Wax - Paste finish over a sealer, stain, or bare wood.

Continuation of leg - Leg does not terminate into a foot.

Hardware Material
Wood - Various types of wood, carved or turned.

Dovetail - An interlocking wood joint in which a series of wedge-shaped projections fits into a series of alternating grooves.
Mortise and tenon - Wood joint in which a projecting tenon of one board is fitted into a mortise or hole of another board.

Slight Curve - Gently curving lines.
Straight - Straight lines.



Medium - Moderate dimensions.

(Queen Anne style shown)

Limited Use - Limited use of stretchers

(Queen Anne style shown).

Ash - Whitish-gray American hardwood with similar graining to oak.
Birch - Red-brown American hardwood with a close grain.
Black Walnut - Medium brown American hardwood.
Elm - Red-brown American hardwood.
Hickory - Red-brown American hardwood.
Mahogany - Red-brown South American and African hardwood.
Maple - Golden to red-brown American hardwood with a wide range of figures.
Oak - Gray-brown American hardwood.
Teak - Yellow-brown African and Asian hardwood.

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