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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
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Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
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Round Chair
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Wishbone Chair
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Hans J. Wegner GE 290 High Back Chair
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful high back lounge chair GE290 by Hans J Wegner for GETAMA, solid oak frame with nice patina and original cushions upholstered with light green wool fabric, marked.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Wool, Oak

Hans Wegner High Back Lounge Chair, Model GE-375
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Wool, Oak

Hans Wegner High Back Lounge Chair, Model GE-375, 1970
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Wool, Oak

Hans Wegner Sewing Cart Model AT33, 1950
By Hans J. Wegner, Andreas Tuck Møbelfabrik
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Oak, Teak, Rattan

Hans Wegner Lounge Chairs, Model GE-240
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Wool, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Sofa Model GE-236/3
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Wool, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Model J16 Rocking Chair, 1961
By FDB Møbler, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Papercord, Beech

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Hans J. Wegner Model J16 Rocking Chair, 1961
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Hans Wegner Armchairs, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Tecta B45 High Back Chairs, 1981
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Ilmari Tapiovaara 'Mademoiselle' Chair
By Ilmari Tapiovaara, Edsby-verken
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Georg Thams Leather Lounge Chair
By Georg Thams, Lystager Industri 1
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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'Luna' Chair by Odd Knutsen
By Odd Knutsen, Hjellegjerde AS
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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