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Hans J. Wegner

Danish, 1914-2007

Best known for his chairs and 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 Wegner’s best chair designs, seen in dealer listings below, 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.

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Round Chair
Round Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Wishbone Chair
Wishbone Chair
China Chair
China Chair
Iconic Hans Wegner ‘Flag Halyard’ Lounge Chair Early Edition Model GE225
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans Wegner, ‘Flag Halyard’ lounge chair model ‘GE225’, rope, dark green lacquered steel, fabric, Denmark, 1950 This iconic chair, made with 250 meters of rope, is designed by the...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Steel

Hans J. Wegner Customazible Sofa ‘Airport’ in Striped Upholstery and Metal Frame
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen, customazible Sofa ‘Airport’ model AP35/4, fabric, metal, Denmark, designed in 1957 This sleek looking sofa is part of the ‘airport’ series and is ...
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Metal

Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen Pair of Dining Chairs in Cognac Leather and Oak
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, pair of four dining chairs model ‘C23’, oak, teak, cognac leather, Denmark, designed in 1950 The chair model ‘C23’ features sophisticated de...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Oak, Teak

Iconic 20th Century Hans Wegner Lacquer and Leather Shell Chair
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Houston, TX
Iconic 20th Century Hans Wegner Cream Lacquer And Leather Shell Chair. This Stunning Hans Wegner Designed Shell Lounge Chair Manufactured By Carl Hansen And Son, Denmark Has Been Pro...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Wood

Danish Modern Teak Daybed by Hans Wegner Getama Model GE 19, 1960s
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Munster, DE
Daybed GE 19 by Hans J. Wegner. The daybed is made of a beautiful teak wood. New foam and fabric.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Wool, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, pair of FH 1936 lounge chairs, walnut and beech, Denmark, design 1948, manufactured, circa 1950. The FH 1936 lounge chair is one of the results of W...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Beech, Walnut

  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
H 27.17 in. W 26.38 in. D 24.41 in.
P.P.75 Extendable Dining Table in Solid Oak by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, PP Mobler
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This is a beautiful dining table in solid Oak, it comes with one additional optional solid Oak leaf, and extends enough to take 2 leaves which means if you wanted to, it would be pos...
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1980s Danish Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Stainless Steel

Hans Wegner Armchair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hans Wegner armchair, located in NY.
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Late 20th Century Danish Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Oak

  • Hans Wegner Armchair
  • Hans Wegner Armchair
  • Hans Wegner Armchair
  • Hans Wegner Armchair
H 29.93 in. W 23.63 in. D 19.69 in.
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Sawbuck Chair
Sawbuck Chair
Average Price
$6,709
Number Available
10
Sawbuck Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Oak, Animal Skin, Leather
Styles
Scandinavian 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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Shell Chair
Shell Chair
Average Price
$7,297
Number Available
9
Shell Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Fabric, Animal Skin, Leather, Beech, Hardwood
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Also known as the “smiling chair,” the Three-Legged Shell chair — now merely called the Shell — is an example of Hans J. Wegner’s rare forays into plywood. The pioneering Danish furniture maker, whose works of Scandinavian modernism are among the most celebrated designs in the world, much preferred solid wood, a material with which he had extensive experience.  Wegner (1914–2007) was the son of a cobbler and apprenticed to a cabinetmaker for much of his youth. He went on to study at the Roya...
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Peacock Chair
Peacock Chair
Average Price
$7,952
Number Available
5
Peacock Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Hardwood, Teak, Wood, Ash
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
Not long before he debuted both “The Chair” — the ingeniously, appropriately named piece that exemplifies his dedication to purified form — and the revered and now oft-imitated Wishbone chair, Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner (1914–2007) released the Peacock chair, a gracefully arching, high-backed seat produced for PP Møbler in 1947. Although certain elements of this Wegner design — a woven seat, shapely wooden frame, graceful form — would go on to become nearly synonymous with Danish ...
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512 Chair
512 Chair
Average Price
$8,959
Number Available
4
512 Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Natural Fiber, Oak, Wood, Cane, Rattan
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern
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Hans J. Wegner furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The furniture of Hans J. Wegner are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Hans J. Wegner collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 1,154 vintage editions of these items, while there are 426 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Hans J. Wegner were created in Europe during the 20th century in Scandinavian Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen and Børge Mogensen. Prices for furniture by Hans J. Wegner can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $337 and tops at $98,280, while pieces like these can sell for $4,505.

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