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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.

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
Wishbone Chair
Wishbone Chair
China Chair
China Chair
Set of Six Midcentury Wishbone Chairs in Patinated Oak by Hans Wegner, 1960s
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of six wishbone chairs in oak and paper cord designed by Hans J Wegner. Great original condition.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Papercord, Oak

Hans Wegner Oak Lounge Chair GE290 by GETAMA - 3 Pieces Available
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Utrecht, NL
Lounge chair GE290 is a much appreciated early design by Hans Wegner. Wegner already designed the chair in 1953. The chair offers exceptional good seating comfort - partly due to cus...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Linen, Oak

Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in La Grange, IL
Hans Wegner mid century rocking chair This chair measures: 25 wide x 34.5 deep x 41.25 inches high, with a seat height of 18 and arm height of 26.25 inches ?All pieces of furni...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Cane, Wood, Bentwood

  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
H 41.25 in. W 25 in. D 34.5 in.
CH20 Elbow Chair in Oak Painted Black & Thor 301 Leather Seat by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in New York, NY
When Carl Hansen & Søn put the CH20 Elbow chair by Hans J. Wegner into production for the first time in 2005, it quickly established a position as a modern Classic, winning the ICFF...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Oak

Danish Modern 'Sawbuck' CH-29 Dining Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Burbank, CA
Amazing set of six Danish modern "Sawbuck" dining chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, model CH-29 in Denmark, circa 1950s. These chairs hold a very strong struct...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Beech, Teak

Teak and Rattan Coffee Table by Hans J. Wegner for Andreas Tuck, Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner, Andreas Tuck
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful teak coffee table with a rattan shelf by Hans J. Wegner. The warm teak nuance contrasts nicely with the blonde rattan.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Rattan, Teak

Hans Wegner PP201 Dining Chair PP Mobler, Denmark, 1969
By Hans J. Wegner, PP Mobler
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful shaped dining chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by PP Møbler, Denmark 1969. This is chair is an early example in very nice original condition. The chair is ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Paper, Cord, Oak

Hans Wegner GE 375 Three-Seat Sofa in Oak, Denmark, 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A Classic Wegner GE 375 three-seat in original cotton fabric. Manufactured by Getama, Denmark, 1960s. The three chairs are separate and can be secured together by the original steel...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Cotton, Oak

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Carl Hansen & Son
5 / 5
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Studio Schalling
4.9 / 5
Osted Antique & Design
4.7 / 5
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5 / 5
Another Classic ApS
4.9 / 5

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