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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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Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen Reversible Top Coffee Table
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen, Denmark, 1950s. A reverse topped coffee table with oak frame, stamped by maker, and a top of teak on one side and black formica on the other.
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Teak

Pair of Hans Wegner Slatted Benches for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Teak

Pair of Papa Bear Chairs and Ottoman by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of papa bear chairs and ottoman designed by Hans Wegner for AP Stolen. One chair and ottoman retain their original stamp. Fully restored and upholstered in holly hunt fabric.
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Fabric

Dining Table by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
A large teak dining table with oak base designed by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen. Measures: table: 51.5 x 70.5 L two leaves" 25.125 each.
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Teak

Hans Wegner Rosewood "President" Cabinet
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Rosewood

Early Original Round Chair by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
An early all original cane classic chair designed by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen.
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Hans Wegner Slatted Bench for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
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1950s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Six Chinese Chairs by Hans Wegner for PP Mobler
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
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1960s Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Set of Four Dining Chairs by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of four oak dining chairs with leather seats. Designed by Hans Wegner for C. M. Madsens., 1953.
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1950s Danish Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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