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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.

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Hans Wegner Round Chair
Hans Wegner Round Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Hans Wegner China Chair
Hans Wegner China Chair
Wishbone Chair
Wishbone Chair
Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair in Grey Wool Fabric
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear chair, 1953 Vintage, original 1950s production of one of Danish master Hans Wegner's most iconic designs. The Papa Bear is rightly considered one...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Fabric, Wool, Oak

Hans J. Wegner. Beech armchair model CH3 Produced in limited numbers.
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner. Beech armchair model CH3. Loose cushions and adjustable neck pillow/puddle. Seat with extended flagline. Designed in 1967. Produced in limited numbers. Newly upholste...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Beech

Hans Wegner AP-30 Teak Piano Stool c1950s
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-30 Piano Stool, 1957 Produced by A.P. Stolen in Denmark, this model is based on the AP-29 Papa Bear ottoman. The rarely seen piano stool has an additional cro...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Leather, Oak

  • Hans Wegner AP-30 Teak Piano Stool c1950s
  • Hans Wegner AP-30 Teak Piano Stool c1950s
  • Hans Wegner AP-30 Teak Piano Stool c1950s
  • Hans Wegner AP-30 Teak Piano Stool c1950s
H 20.48 in. W 36.23 in. D 16.93 in.
Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair in Green Boucle Fabric
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear chair, 1953 Vintage, original 1950s production of one of Danish master Hans Wegner's most iconic designs. The Papa Bear is rightly considered one...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Fabric, Wool, Oak

Hans J. Wegner, Three-Seat Sofa, Model GE530, Oak
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner three-seat sofa made of oak. New upholstered with grey Magrethe wool. Model GE530, made by Getama.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Wool, Oak

  • Hans J. Wegner, Three-Seat Sofa, Model GE530, Oak
  • Hans J. Wegner, Three-Seat Sofa, Model GE530, Oak
  • Hans J. Wegner, Three-Seat Sofa, Model GE530, Oak
  • Hans J. Wegner, Three-Seat Sofa, Model GE530, Oak
H 29.14 in. W 81.5 in. D 31.11 in.
Mid Century Lounge Chair GE290A by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA in Green Fabric
By Hans J. Wegner, GETAMA
Located in Berlin, DE
This Mid Century lounge chair with ottoman GE290A by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA was made in the 1970s. The chair remains it original green wool fabric which is in fantastic condition...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Oak

GE280 Modular Sofa by Hans Wegner for Getama, 1980s
By Hans J. Wegner, GETAMA
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Rare modular sofa designed by of of the best mid century designers Hans J Wegner for Getama. Model GE 280. The modular sofa consists of a beautifully bentwood oak frame with beau...
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1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Fabric, Oak

  • GE280 Modular Sofa by Hans Wegner for Getama, 1980s
  • GE280 Modular Sofa by Hans Wegner for Getama, 1980s
  • GE280 Modular Sofa by Hans Wegner for Getama, 1980s
  • GE280 Modular Sofa by Hans Wegner for Getama, 1980s
H 30.32 in. W 84.65 in. D 31.5 in.
Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
By A. Mikael Laursen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every day. Our goal is to provide beautiful, functional furniture that honors its illustrious past. Our ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Wool, Oak

  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
H 30.25 in. W 24.5 in. D 31 in.
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Hans Wegner Round Chair
Hans Wegner Round Chair
Average Price
$11,680
Number Available
29
Hans Wegner Round Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Hardwood, Oak, Teak, Natural Fiber, Animal Skin, Leather, Cane
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
In September of 1960, when Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy sat down for the first nationally televised presidential debate, the two candidates rested on one of the most celebrated designs of the 20th century. Often called simply “The Chair,” the Round chair is one of hundreds designed by Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007). As he once said, “The good chair is a task one is never completely done with.” Nicknamed the “Master of the Chair,” influential Danish designer Wegner inventively used natural m...
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Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Average Price
$25,306
Number Available
25
Papa Bear Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Fabric, Hardwood, Teak, Wool, Oak
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern
The wingback Papa Bear chair, also known as the Teddy Bear chair, has two outstretched arms with wood detailing once described by a critic as “great bear paws embracing you from behind” — hence the name. The piece was designed by Hans Wegner (1914–2007), a pioneer of Danish modernism who crafted nearly 500 chairs over the course of his long career. Not many of them, however, have the anthropomorphic qualities that this one does. Wegner was raised in the south of Denmark, where he served as an...
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Hans Wegner China Chair
Hans Wegner China Chair
Average Price
$13,200
Number Available
18
Hans Wegner China Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Animal Skin, Leather, Cherry, Hardwood
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
When he designed the first edition of his modest Chinese chair — or China chair — Denmark native Hans Wegner (1914–2007) had been reportedly moved by portraits he’d seen of Danish businessmen relaxing in traditional round-backed Ming dynasty–era chairs. While the legendary furniture maker’s tribute to East Asian seating — a minimal cherrywood chair with a curved bentwood back support and removable leather seat cushion — called on Oriental forms that preceded him by hundreds of years, it merge...
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Wishbone Chair
Wishbone Chair
Average Price
$3,759
Number Available
15
Wishbone Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Materials
Wood, Natural Fiber, Oak, Papercord
Styles
Mid Century Modern
Although Hans Wegner’s (1914–2007) Wishbone chair stands as a classic exemplar of mid-century Danish design, its aesthetic roots actually begin farther east. In the 1940s, Wegner, then a recent graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and working for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, was inspired by a series of photos of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming Dynasty–era armchairs. The chairs were recognizable for the single, curved shape that made up their back and arms, a simplified...
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Hans J. Wegner furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The furniture of Hans J. Wegner are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Hans J. Wegner collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 1,154 vintage editions of these items, while there are 426 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Hans J. Wegner were created in Europe during the 20th century in Scandinavian Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen and Børge Mogensen. Prices for furniture by Hans J. Wegner can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $337 and tops at $98,280, while pieces like these can sell for $4,505.
Questions About Hans J. Wegner
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Hans Wegner is indeed a real person. He was a prolific furniture designer affectionately referred to as “the master of the chair”. Throughout his lifetime, he created 500 chairs, all considered masterpieces. Shop a collection of Hans Wegner’s furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Hans Wegner, say "Hans VEG-ner." His last name is Danish. Native speakers of the language may say the surname like "VAY-ner," but "VEG-ner" is the standard in English. Find a selection of Hans Wegner furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To identify a Hans Wegner chair, look for hallmarks of his style. Most joints feature mortise and tenon construction, and armrests and seat supports are often hand-sculpted. Nearly all of his chair frames are solid wood. A piece fashioned out of wood composites is unlikely to be genuine. Find a collection of expertly vetted Hans Wegner chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Hans J. Wegner was famous for creating chairs and other types of seating. Some of the Danish designer's most well-known pieces include the Papa Bear chair, the Round chair, the Wishbone chair and the China chair. Find a collection of Hans J. Wegner chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Whether or not Hans Wegner chairs are comfortable is largely a matter of personal opinion. The Danish furniture designer did design his pieces with functionality in mind, striving to craft chairs that users would enjoy sitting in. Many of his chairs built upon traditional designs, such as the Peacock chair inspired by the classic Windsor chair. On 1stDibs, find a large selection of Hans Wegner chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    What pairs well with the CH07 chair by Hans Wegner is largely a matter of personal preference. To keep the eye focused on its dramatic curves, some interior decorators pair it with simple boxy sofas and tables. Feel free to experiment and create your own furniture layouts using the CH07 or shell chair. Find a collection of Hans Wegner CH07 shell chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can cord a Hans Wegner peacock chair in a number of ways. Traditionally, the chair featured an over-under weave created by first wrapping the seat with vertical pairs of cord running from the back to the front. Then, artisans worked horizontally, pulling the cord through the vertical pairs. However, you can find many other patterns to try online. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Hans Wegner peacock chairs.

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