Danish dining tables are so in demand right now. So, let’s look at what makes these mid century modern dining tables so popular. Why do these Scandinavian Vintage Dining Tables have such enduring appeal?
Whether we are looking at Teak Danish dining tables or rosewood Danish dining tables, these tables tend to be of significantly higher quality and styling than their British counterparts. There are a few differences that Danish dining tables tend to have when compared with British mid century dining tables.
British Versus Danish Dining Tables: A General Guide to the Key Differences
Typically, though not exclusively, many Danish Dining Tables will have two additional leaves rather than a single extra leaf. As well as allowing a greater overall length, Danish dining tables with two extra leaves give greater flexibility as one or both of the leaves can be added, allowing three different table lengths to be achieved.
As a general rule, Danish dining tables of the mid century period tend to be longer than their UK counterparts. In addition, the fact that many of these Scandinavian tables have two extra leaves means that the table may be more compact and space saving in its unextended form.
Generally speaking, Danish dining tables have round and tapering legs. This also applies to some British made mid century dining tables but there is more variation in shape with UK tables. If you spot a circular, tapering leg on a mid century modern dining table, there’s a good chance that the table will be of Scandinavian origin.
Another general rule is that Danish dining tables come with removeable legs. This means that the legs can be unbolted when you need to move the table from room to room or from one home to another. British tables tend to have fixed legs and this can cause frustration as it can sometimes be impossible to get these UK tables into your home, no matter how you try.
Mid century Danish dining tables tend to be more robust and aesthetically pleasing than their British counterparts. The Danish designers of the mid century period were world leaders in design. Many were both architects and furniture designers. The Danes created the style of furniture that came to be known as Danish Modern. Need we say more!
5 Desirable Danish Dining Tables
This is a beautiful Danish dining table, manufactured in Denmark by Ansager Mobler in the 1960s, which features two large leaves, underneath the table top, that can be pulled out when needed. The top has a beautiful wood grain above the round, slightly tapered legs. The table can be extended in two stages, allowing 3 different lengths to be set.
This is a truly stunning high-end dining table in beautiful teak wood, designed and manufactured in Denmark in the 1960s. The grain patterns on the table are rich and expressive. Design highlights include the attractive pedestal base and the attractive banding that runs around the edge of the table top.
A Danish dining table, beautifully crafted from teak. This is one of the most elegant dining tables we have seen from Danish designer Johannes Andersen. Danish furniture maker Christian Linneberg exemplified simple, organic Scandinavian style and this is evident in this gorgeous mid century table. Design highlight include the banding around the edge of the table top, the attractive ‘rebate’ that runs below and the beautiful manner in which the tops of the legs are sculpted into the table’s top.
This is a truly stunning high-end Danish dining table in beautiful rosewood, designed and manufactured in the 1960s. The grain patterns on the table are rich and expressive. Design highlights include those attractive tapering legs and the beautiful banding that runs around the edge of the table top. Again, the two additional leaves can be used separately, or together, meaning that 3 different table lengths can be set.
Another beautiful Danish dining table, designed in the 1960s. This cleverly designed and elegant table is relatively compact and space saving when unextended but features two additional leaves that fit in place to allow the table to be easily extended to accommodate extra diners. The top has a beautiful rosewood grain above a central pedestal base.
There’s no escaping it, Danish dining tables of the mid century period remain highly sought after today. If you’re looking out for one of these stylish pieces, you may be very lucky and find one on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. That’s likely to take you some time though and condition is unlikely to be great. So, consider buying from a reputable, established mid century furniture dealer who will have had their vintage dining tables refinished. Our own retrovintage website may be great place to begin your research.