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Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Hans Wegner (Denmark, 1914-2007)

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — 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 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 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.

Iconic Designs from Hans J. Wegner
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Round Chair
Round Chair
Sawbuck Chair
Sawbuck Chair
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Hans J. Wegner, Papa Bear Easy Chair by Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in DE
Hans J. Wegner. Papa bear lounge chair. Excellent restored, preserving the great patina to the teak. New upholstered in heavy wool. Signed to the underside and bearing the Danish...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Upholstery, Teak

Hans J. Wegner, Eight Armchairs JH513
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in DE
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Leather, Mahogany

Hans J. Wegner Hammock Chaise Longue
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in DE
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Brass, Oak

Hans J. Wegner, Mama Bear, AP28, 1954
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in DE
Hans J. Wegner, AP28 The mama bear chair, 1954, AP stolen Reupholstered, restored Teak dark stained armrests Perfect condition.
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Upholstery, Teak

Hans Wegner, the Yoke Chair CH34, Oak and Black Leather
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in DE
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Hans Wegner Occasional Table AT-10 by Andreas Tuck, 1950s
By Andreas Tuck, Hans J. Wegner
Located in DE
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Cane, Oak, Teak

Hans J. Wegner, JH 539 Oak and Woven Cane Stool
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in DE
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Cane, Oak

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Hans Wegner, the Yoke Chair CH34, Oak and Black Leather
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Located in DE
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Hans Wegner Occasional Table AT-10 by Andreas Tuck, 1950s
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Located in DE
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Hunting Chair by Uno & Östen Kristiansson for Luxus, Sweden, 1954
By Luxus of Sweden, Uno & Östen Kristiansson
Located in DE
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Otto Schulz Easy Chair, Sweden, Produced by Boet, 1940s
By Boet, Otto Schulz
Located in DE
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Alpaca, Beech

Philip Arctander, a Rare High Back 'Clam' Lounge Chair, Sweden, 1940s
By Philip Arctander
Located in DE
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Otto Schulz, Pair of Cocktail Chairs, 1940s
By Otto Schulz
Located in DE
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Pair of Willi Ohler Chairs in Oak and Rush, Arts & Crafts, Germany, 1920s
By Willi Ohler
Located in DE
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1920s German Arts and Crafts Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Rush, Oak

Pair of High Back Armchairs Designed by Carl Gustav Hiort af Ornäs
By Carl Gustav Hiort af Ornäs
Located in DE
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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