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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
Pair of Hans Wegner 1950s Boucle Ottomans
By Hans J. Wegner, GETAMA
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner GE-240 'Cigar' Ottomans, circa 1950s. Rarely seen pair of ottomans produced by GETAMA in Gedsted, Denmark in the late 1950s. This ottoman was designed to complem...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Bouclé, Teak

  • Pair of Hans Wegner 1950s Boucle Ottomans
  • Pair of Hans Wegner 1950s Boucle Ottomans
  • Pair of Hans Wegner 1950s Boucle Ottomans
  • Pair of Hans Wegner 1950s Boucle Ottomans
H 14.57 in. W 22.45 in. D 18.51 in.
Sofa GE 238, Hans J. Wegner, 1965
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Paris, FR
Hans J. Wegner Sofa GE 238 Ed. Getama Circa 1965 Heather brown textile, lacquered wood, oak Measures: 75 x 210 x 95 cm In a perfect state !  
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1960s Danish Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Oak, Fabric

  • Sofa GE 238, Hans J. Wegner, 1965
  • Sofa GE 238, Hans J. Wegner, 1965
  • Sofa GE 238, Hans J. Wegner, 1965
  • Sofa GE 238, Hans J. Wegner, 1965
H 29.53 in. W 82.68 in. D 37.41 in.
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.
Danish Modern 'Sawbuck' CH-29 Dining Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
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

Scandinavian Modern 1950’s Hans Wegner Rocking Chair J16 in Beech & Danish Cord
By FDB Møbler, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
A Shaker inspired rocking chair with a spindled back and curved armrests in beech and papercord seat designed by Hans Wegner in 1944 for FDB Mobler. Danish, produced circa 1950. F...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Beech, Papercord, Rush

Hans J. Wegner 1950s Danish Modern Daybed in Oak and Rattan "GE7" Made at GETAMA
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Odense, DK
Designed by Hans Wegner for GETAMA this amazing convertible daybed / sofa features a beautifully patinated oak frame and woven cane / rattan back seat which reveals a hidden space fo...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Rattan, Oak, Wool, Cane

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 Boucle Ottoman, Afromosia Teak
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner GE-240 'Cigar' Ottoman, circa 1950s. Rarely seen ottoman produced by GETAMA in Gedsted, Denmark in the late 1950s. This ottoman was designed to complement the GE...
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

Materials

Bouclé, Teak

  • Hans Wegner Boucle Ottoman, Afromosia Teak
  • Hans Wegner Boucle Ottoman, Afromosia Teak
  • Hans Wegner Boucle Ottoman, Afromosia Teak
  • Hans Wegner Boucle Ottoman, Afromosia Teak
H 14.57 in. W 22.45 in. D 18.51 in.
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Hans J. Wegner Sellers

Carl Hansen & Son
5 / 5
Mid Century Mobler
4.8 / 5
Studio Schalling
4.9 / 5
Osted Antique & Design
4.7 / 5
Milsted Andersen
5 / 5
Another Classic ApS
4.9 / 5

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