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Hans J. Wegner

Danish, 1914-2007

Best known for his chairs and other seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tablesHans 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 furniture 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 Hans Wegner’s best chair designs have their roots in traditional seating forms. The Peacock chair (designed in 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.

Find vintage Hans Wegner lounge chairs, armchairs, daybeds and other furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

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Hans J. Wegner Large Wall Shelf in Pinewood Made at Ry Mobler Denmark, 1954
By Ry Møbler, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Odense, DK
Rare Hans J. Wegner wall shelf made at Ry Mobler in Denmark in the 1954. Rare and early edition in pinewood. Stamped on the back with manufacturers logo and dated "September 1, 1954"...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Pine

Set of Four Teak CH-29 Sawbuck Chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Munich, DE
Original, elegant and minimalistic set of four danish modern CH-29 Sawbuck dining chairs. Designed by Hans J. Wagner in 1951 for Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark. Manufactured probably in ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Fabric, Teak

Hans Wegner GE-284A Highback Lounge Chair, Treated Oak
By Hans J. Wegner, GETAMA
Located in Berkeley, CA
Designed by Hans Wegner, the 284A high back lounge chair provides clean, crisp lines for the modern home. The chair is handcrafted at GETAMA’s factory in Gedsted, Denmark by skilled ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Oak

Set of Four "Airport-Chairs", Model AP37, by Hans J. Wegner and AP Stolen, 1950s
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Lejre, DK
The set of four "Airport-Chairs," model AP37, designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by AP Stolen in the 1950s, is a true testament to the enduring brilliance of Danish design. ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Chrome

Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen Set of Four Chairs in Cognac Leather and Oak
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen, set of four dining chairs, model ‘C23’, oak, teak, cognac leather, Denmark, designed in 1950 The chair model ‘C23’ features sophisticated details that characterize Wegner’s well-known designs. Per example, note the wood joints in shape of a crucifix that highlight the backrest. As one of the first exclusively for Carl Hansen designed chairs, the ‘C23’ surprises the user until today with a combination of Danish elegance and comfort. Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most prolific furniture designers of the world. Wegner was born in 1914 in Denmark and began his apprenticeship with Danish master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg when he was fourteen years old. Afterwards, he moved to Copenhagen and attended the School of Arts and Crafts between 1936 and 1938. In 1938, he was approached by the architects and designers Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Oak, Teak

1960s Hans J Wegner Solid Oak Coffee Table 'AT-15' for Andreas Tuck, Denmark
By Andreas Tuck, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Praha, CZ
- Item has been carefully refurbished. - Stamped by producer.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Oak

Hans Wegner Dining Chairs Variant of Model JH507 by Cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare set of 16 dining chairs variant of model JH507 designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Teak

Hans Wegner Easy Chairs Model JH54 by Cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen in Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare pair of easy chairs model JH54 designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Mahogany

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Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
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Number Available
38
Papa Bear Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Fabric, Hardwood, Teak, Oak, Wool
Styles
Scandinavian Modern, Mid Century Modern
The wingback Papa Bear chair, also known as the Teddy Bear chair, has two outstretched arms with wood detailing once described by a critic as “great bear paws embracing you from behind” — hence the name. The piece was designed by Hans Wegner (1914–2007), a pioneer of Danish modernism who crafted nearly 500 chairs over the course of his long career. Not many of them, however, have the anthropomorphic qualities that this one does. Wegner was raised in the south of Denmark, where he served as an...
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Hans Wegner Round Chair
Hans Wegner Round Chair
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$10,333
Number Available
30
Hans Wegner Round Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
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Wood, Hardwood, Teak, Natural Fiber, Oak, Animal Skin, Leather
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Scandinavian Modern, Mid Century Modern
In September of 1960, when Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy sat down for the first nationally televised presidential debate, the two candidates rested on one of the most celebrated designs of the 20th century. Often called simply “The Chair,” the Round chair is one of hundreds designed by Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007). As he once said, “The good chair is a task one is never completely done with.” Nicknamed the “Master of the Chair,” influential Danish designer Wegner inventively used natural ma...
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Wishbone Chair
Wishbone Chair
Average Price
$3,525
Number Available
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Wishbone Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Natural Fiber, Papercord, Oak
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Although Hans Wegner’s (1914–2007) Wishbone chair stands as a classic exemplar of mid-century Danish design, its aesthetic roots actually begin farther east. In the 1940s, Wegner, then a recent graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and working for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, was inspired by a series of photos of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming dynasty–era armchairs. The chairs were recognizable for the single, curved shape that made up their back and arms, a simplified...
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Sawbuck Chair
Sawbuck Chair
Average Price
$6,057
Number Available
17
Sawbuck Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
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Wood, Animal Skin, Leather, Oak, Hardwood, Teak
Styles
Scandinavian Modern, Mid Century Modern
Danish designer Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007) got his start as a 14-year-old apprentice to Danish master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg, and that lifelong dedication to the art of woodworking can be seen in his 1952 CH29P chair. Nicknamed the Sawbuck chair, its legs recall the sawbuck, or sawhorse, workbenches used by carpenters but reimagined for a modern design that combines clean lines and comfort. Known as the “Master of the Chair,” Wegner would create over 500 variations on seating across his ...
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Hans J. Wegner furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Hans J. Wegner furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Hans J. Wegner furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 1,167 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 368 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Hans J. Wegner were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen, and Børge Mogensen. Prices for Hans J. Wegner furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $170 and can go as high as $110,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,031.
Questions About Hans J. Wegner
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Hans Wegner is indeed a real person. He was a prolific furniture designer affectionately referred to as “the master of the chair”. Throughout his lifetime, he created 500 chairs, all considered masterpieces. Shop a collection of Hans Wegner’s furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Hans Wegner, say "Hans VEG-ner." His last name is Danish. Native speakers of the language may say the surname like "VAY-ner," but "VEG-ner" is the standard in English. Find a selection of Hans Wegner furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To identify a Hans Wegner chair, look for hallmarks of his style. Most joints feature mortise and tenon construction, and armrests and seat supports are often hand-sculpted. Nearly all of his chair frames are solid wood. A piece fashioned out of wood composites is unlikely to be genuine. Find a collection of expertly vetted Hans Wegner chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Hans J. Wegner was famous for creating chairs and other types of seating. Some of the Danish designer's most well-known pieces include the Papa Bear chair, the Round chair, the Wishbone chair and the China chair. Find a collection of Hans J. Wegner chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Whether or not Hans Wegner chairs are comfortable is largely a matter of personal opinion. The Danish furniture designer did design his pieces with functionality in mind, striving to craft chairs that users would enjoy sitting in. Many of his chairs built upon traditional designs, such as the Peacock chair inspired by the classic Windsor chair. On 1stDibs, find a large selection of Hans Wegner chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can cord a Hans Wegner peacock chair in a number of ways. Traditionally, the chair featured an over-under weave created by first wrapping the seat with vertical pairs of cord running from the back to the front. Then, artisans worked horizontally, pulling the cord through the vertical pairs. However, you can find many other patterns to try online. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Hans Wegner peacock chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    What pairs well with the CH07 chair by Hans Wegner is largely a matter of personal preference. To keep the eye focused on its dramatic curves, some interior decorators pair it with simple boxy sofas and tables. Feel free to experiment and create your own furniture layouts using the CH07 or shell chair. Find a collection of Hans Wegner CH07 shell chairs on 1stDibs.

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