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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
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Round Chair
Round Chair
Sawbuck Chair
Sawbuck Chair
China Chair
China Chair
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Creator:Hans J. Wegner
Dealer:Almond Hartzog Gallery
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Hans Wegner, Pair of Shell Lounge Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
A shell lounge chair by Hans Wegner. Features an oversized, laminated teak back and a maple frame with tapered legs. Retains original label.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Materials

Maple, Teak

Hans Wegner Shell Settee
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Materials

Beech, Teak

Hans Wegner Pair of Armchairs, Model PP-201
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Materials

Oak, Papercord

Pair of Sawbuck Chairs, Model CH-28 by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pair of “China” Chairs by Hans J Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Hans Wegner, Low Rosewood Sideboard
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
A low sideboard by H. J. Wegner. Features a Brazilian rosewood front with two tambour doors enclosing oak shelves and sliding trays. Chromed metal base with rosewood leg ends. Produc...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

Materials

Steel

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