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Hans Wegner Furniture

Hans Wegner (Denmark, 1914-2007)

Best known for his seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types — Hans Wegner was a prolific designer whose elegant, often ebullient, forms and devotion to the finest methods in joinery made "Danish Modern" a popular byword for stylish, well-made furniture in the mid-20th century.

     Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and a designer second. Like his peers Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl, Wegner believed that striking aesthetics in furniture were based on a foundation of practicality: a chair must be comfortable and sturdy before it is chic.

     In keeping with that tenet, several of Wegner’s best chair designs, seen in dealer listings below, have their roots in traditional seating forms. The “Peacock chair” (designed 1947) is a throne-like adaptation of the Windsor chair; pieces from the “China chair” series (begun in 1944) as well as the 1949 “Wishbone chair,” with its distinctive Y-shaped back splat, are derived from 17th-century Ming seating pieces, as is the upholstered “Ox chair” (1960). Wegner’s comfy “Papa Bear chair” (1951) is an almost surreally re-scaled English wingback chair.

     Wegner’s most representative piece, the “Round chair” (1949), gained a footnote in political history when it was used on the TV stage of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. That chair, along with Wegner’s more bravura designs, for example the 1963 “Shell chair,” with its curved surfboard-shaped seat, bring a quietly sculptural presence to a room. Wegner was a designer who revered his primary material — wood — and it shows. His wood gathers patina and character with age; every Hans Wegner piece testifies to the life it has led.

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Six Hans Wegner Teak Chairs
H 29.92 in. W 24.41 in. D 20.47 in.
Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
Hans Wegner Shell Chair for Fritz Hansen
H 27.5 in. W 27.5 in. D 25 in.
Fairfield County Antique and Design Center
Pair of Classic Chairs by Hans Wegner
H 30 in. W 24 in. D 17.5 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics
Danish Modern Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner
H 38.5 in. W 35.5 in. D 34 in.
LookModern
Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair
H 39 in. W 35.5 in. D 28 in.
Thomas Hayes Gallery
Danish Modern King-Sized Bed, Designed by Hans Wegner
H 29.5 in. W 9 ft. 3.5 in. D 6 ft. 8 in.
LookModern
Hans Wegner Danish Modern Lounge Chair
H 28 in. W 27 in. D 28 in.
ABC Modern
Easy Chair by Hans J. Wegner
H 30 in. W 32 in. D 32.5 in.
WYETH
Hans Wegner Sawbuck Chair
H 30.5 in. W 29 in. D 27 in.
Andrew Spindler Antiques
Original Hans Wegner Oak Daybed
H 25.98 in. W 6 ft. 6.7 in. D 35.43 in.
reModern.dk
Hans Wegner Flag Halyard Chair
H 31.5 in. W 40.94 in. D 45.28 in.
Histoire Gallery
Hans Wegner Ry Mobler Bookshelf
H 5 ft. 11 in. W 39.5 in. D 13.25 in.
Red Modern Furniture
Pair of Early Hans Wegner AP16 Chairs by AP Stolen
H 32.68 in. W 27.56 in. D 31.5 in.
Histoire Gallery
Book Stand by Hans Wegner
H 13.39 in. W 39.37 in. D 10.24 in.
Alexis Vanhove
Hans Wegner Side Table
H 19 in. Dm 28 in.
Chris Howard Antiques & Modern
Hans J. Wegner for Andreas Tuck Sewing Table
H 23.5 in. W 26.5 in. D 23 in.
METRO Interiors
Extremely Large Table by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen in Oak
H 27.95 in. W 11 ft. 11.7 in. D 5 ft. 8.9 in.
MORENTZ
Hans J. Wegner Desk with Drop Leaves, Denmark, 1950s
H 28.35 in. W 29.92 in. D 7 ft. 7.3 in.
Angela Weber Moebel
Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear Chair
H 38.5 in. W 36 in. D 36 in.
METRO Interiors
Extendable Dining Table in Oak by Hans J. Wegner
H 28.35 in. W 7 ft. 10.5 in. D 35.43 in.
Angela Weber Moebel
Hans Wegner Shell Sofa, Model No. 1935
H 27.56 in. W 4 ft. D 23.62 in.
Secher Fine Art & Design
Hans J. Wegner Lounge Chair for AP Stolen
H 33.07 in. W 27.95 in. D 26.77 in.
Galleri Feldt
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair
H 39.37 in. W 35.43 in. D 35.43 in.
Modern Lamps
Oak Tambour Cabinet by Hans J. Wegner
H 28.25 in. W 32.25 in. D 19 in.
WYETH
Hans Wegner Teak Sideboard
H 31.1 in. W 6 ft. 6.7 in. D 19.69 in.
Secher Fine Art & Design
Danish Teak Cigar Stool by Hans Wegner
H 14.96 in. W 23.62 in. D 17.32 in.
Okay Art
Danish Modern Dining Table by Hans J. Wegner
H 28.5 in. W 4 ft. 7 in. D 35.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Finds
Set of Four Hans Wegner CH-30 Dining Chairs
H 29.75 in. W 20.25 in. D 18 in.
Mid-Century Modern Finds
Flag Halyard Chair by Hans Wegner, circa 1952
H 31.5 in. W 44.5 in. D 44.5 in.
Fritz & Hollander
Rare Dining Table by Hans Wegner
H 30 in. W 5 ft. 2 in. D 37 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics
Rare Bear Chair by Hans J. Wegner
H 36 in. W 36 in. D 30 in.
WYETH
Solid Oak Hans J. Wegner Chaise Longue for Getama
H 14.96 in. W 5 ft. 10.9 in. D 29.53 in.
MORENTZ
High-Back Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner
H 39.5 in. W 28 in. D 32 in.
WYETH
Sofa, 3-seater. Model: GE-290 by Hans J. Wegner for Getama.
H 28.35 in. W 5 ft. 11.3 in. D 31.89 in.
Roxy Klassik
1970s Hans Wegner Coffee Table edited by Johanes Hansen
H 14.96 in. W 4 ft. 11.1 in. D 24.41 in.
A Demain
Hans Wegner  for Carl Hansen & Son Teak Chairs
H 31.75 in. W 20.5 in. D 19 in.
Rayon Roskar
Architect's Desk by Hans J. Wegner
H 29 in. W 7 ft. 0.5 in. D 37.25 in.
WYETH
Exposed Frame Sofa by Hans J. Wegner
H 27 in. W 6 ft. 4 in. D 31 in.
WYETH
Andreas Tuck “Sabre” Credenza by Hans J. Wegner
H 4 ft. 1.8 in. W 5 ft. 6 in. D 17.5 in.
Danish Modern LA
Lounge Chair by Hans Wegner for AP Stolen
H 39.5 in. W 28 in. D 32 in.
Adam Edelsberg
Hans J. Wegner Four Person Sofa
H 30.5 in. W 7 ft. 8 in. D 31 in.
EMMERSON TROOP INC.
Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
H 28.74 in. W 27.95 in. D 29.53 in.
Roxy Klassik
Hans Wegner Tambour Door President Credenza
H 31 in. W 6 ft. 7 in. D 19.5 in.
Modern Drama
Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
H 30.31 in. W 28.74 in. D 29.92 in.
Roxy Klassik
Hans Wegner CH-34 Armchairs
H 28 in. W 24.5 in. D 19 in.
Modern Drama
Hans J. Wegner AT-40 Nesting Table in Teak
H 18.9 in. W 20.47 in. D 12.2 in.
Modern Lamps
Danish Modern Coffee Table by Hans Wegner
H 19.75 in. W 5 ft. 3 in. D 20 in.
ABC Modern
Hans Wegner Papa Bear Lounge Chair and Ottoman
H 39.25 in. W 35.5 in. D 36 in.
ModHaus
Hans Wegner AP 34U Loungers
H 28.25 in. W 30 in. D 30 in.
Home Anthology, Inc.
Hans Wegner A. P. Stolen Dining Table
H 28.5 in. W 35.5 in. D 35.5 in.
Red Modern Furniture
Incredible Pair of Hans Wegner Leather Papa Bear Chairs
H 38.5 in. W 31.5 in. D 36 in.
On Hold
Red Modern Furniture
Drop-Leaf Table by Hans Wegner
H 23.5 in. W 28 in. D 23.5 in.
Sam Kaufman Gallery
Eight Hans Wegner Teak and Leather Dining Chairs
H 28.5 in. W 21.5 in. D 17 in.
On Hold
Red Modern Furniture
Hans Wegner Coffee Table
H 20.25 in. W 4 ft. 3 in. D 21.25 in.
DeAngelis
Pair of Hans Wegner Lounge Chairs
H 37.5 in. W 25 in. D 36 in.
E.T. Burk
Andreas Tuck "Sabre" Dining Table by Hans J. Wegner
H 28.5 in. W 7 ft. 9.8 in. D 33.75 in.
Danish Modern LA
Hans J. Wegner AT-304 Dining Table, Andreas Tuck
H 28.35 in. W 33.86 in. D 7 ft. 9.7 in.
Galleri Feldt
Armchair by Hans J. Wegner
H 30 in. W 28 in. D 29 in.
WYETH
Cigar Chair and Ottoman by Hans Wegner
H 27.17 in. W 27.17 in. D 29.13 in.
NOREPRO
1960s Cigar Chair by Hans Wegner
H 29.13 in. W 27.17 in. D 27.17 in.
NOREPRO
Hans Wegner CH-34 Chair
H 29 in. W 24 in. D 19 in.
Design/One
'Heart' Dining Room Set by Hans J. Wegner
H 28.74 in. W 22.83 in. D 18.11 in.
MORENTZ
Pair of Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chairs
H 39 in. W 35.5 in. D 30 in.
Galere
Hans Wegner Ox Chair
H 35 in. W 38 in. D 36 in.
Artful Dodger Inc
Pair of Hans Wegner Lounge Chairs
H 38.19 in. W 24.8 in. D 39.37 in.
Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
Hans Wegner Dining Chairs
H 29.5 in. W 20 in. D 18 in.
Design/One
Desk Model: JH 810 by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
H 27.95 in. W 6 ft. 2.8 in. D 37.4 in.
Roxy Klassik
The Chair by Hans Wegner
H 30 in. W 25 in. D 21 in.
Chris Howard Antiques & Modern
Rosewood Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner
H 35.5 in. W 35.5 in. D 35 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics