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Werner West Hugging Chair

Werner West, Hugging Chair, Wilhelm Schauman Ltd, 1940s
By Werner West
Located in Uppsala, SE
A so called Hugging chair designed by Finish designer Werner West in the 1940s and manufactured by
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Birch

Werner West, Hugging Chair, Wilhelm Schauman Ltd, 1940s
By Werner West
Located in Uppsala, SE
A so called hugging chair designed by Finish designer Werner West in the 1940s and manufactured by
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Birch

Sofa ‘Royal’ Designed by Werner West for Oy Stockmann AB, Finland, 1950s
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Located in Stockholm, SE
balance. Werner West designed his celebrated “Hugging Chair” in the 1930s and is known today as one of
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

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