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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
Wishbone Chair
Wishbone Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
China Chair
China Chair
Hans Wegner Leather Sofa in Oak Mid Century Danish Design, 1960’s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
A charming 2 seater Hans Wegner sofa in oak with its original brown leather upholstery, Danish 1960’s. An elegant piece of design by one of the most famous furniture designers of the...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Ch36 Dining Chairs, 1970s, Soap Treated Beech
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner dining chairs in solid soap treated beach, original papercord seat. Model CH36, made by Carl Hansen.
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Papercord, Beech

Hans J. Wegner for Getama Sofa 'Plank' in Teak and Brown Upholstery
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Getama, three-seat sofa model 'Plank' 'GE290', teak, fabric, Denmark, 1960s This model GE290 by Hans Wegner is a seemingly simple design. It is produced by Getam...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Fabric, Teak

Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA Lounge Chair in Oak and Dark Blue Upholstery
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA, lounge chair model 'GE290', oak, wool, Denmark, design 1959. The GE290 lounge chair is an elegant and well-proportioned piece within a simplistic construc...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Oak, Wool

Hans Wegner J16 Rocking Chair for FDB Mobler, Denmark 1962
By Hans J. Wegner, FDB Møbler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans Wegner designed, black lacquered spindle back rocking chair with paper cord seat. The designer showed an early interest in the rocking chair as a design object and J16 was one...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Papercord, Lacquer

Hans J. Wegner AT-309 Drop-Leaf Dining Table for Andreas Tuck
By Hans J. Wegner, Andreas Tuck
Located in Los Angeles, CA
X-legged dining table designed by Hans J. Wegner for Andreas Tuck in Denmark in 1950s. The iconic AT-309 table is comprised of a teak wood top with two drop-leaves. The crossed oak w...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Brass

Early Classic Chair by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Iconic Hans Wegner Classic chair manufactured by Johannes Hansen. Teak frame with caned seat.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Teak

  • Early Classic Chair by Hans Wegner
  • Early Classic Chair by Hans Wegner
  • Early Classic Chair by Hans Wegner
  • Early Classic Chair by Hans Wegner
H 30 in. W 24.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
By A. Mikael Laursen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every day. Our goal is to provide beautiful, functional furniture that honors its illustrious past. Our ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Wool, Oak

  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
H 30.25 in. W 24.5 in. D 31 in.
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Sawbuck Chair
Sawbuck Chair
Average Price
$5,737
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
$7,207
Number Available
7
Shell Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Animal Skin, Leather
Styles
Mid Century 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
$7,634
Number Available
6
Peacock Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Hardwood, Teak, Wood, Ash, Natural Fiber, Papercord
Styles
Scandinavian Modern, Mid Century 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 manufacturer Johannes Hansen in 1947.Although certain elements of this Wegner design — a woven seat, shapely wooden frame, graceful form — would go on to become nearly synony...
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512 Chair
512 Chair
Average Price
$8,889
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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