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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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Round Chair
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Hans Wegner Opala White Pendant, Denmark, 1970s
By Louis Poulsen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This largest pendant-chandelier lamp has a top in grey lacquered metal and high gloss acryl shade opal. The maximum bulb is 200W. Marked inside by Louis Poulsen. Possibilities to ext...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Metal

Papa Bear Armchair & Stool by Hans J. Wegner, 1950s, Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Fabric, Oak, Teak

Hans Wegner Rocking Chair Model J16 for FDB Mobler
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Rush, Rope, Beech

Six Nice China Chairs, Designed by Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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1940s Danish Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Leather, Cherry

Rare Hans Wegner Hammock Chaise Longue for Getama
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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1960s Danish Vintage Hans J. Wegner Furniture

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Brass

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Mazzega Murano Glass Pendant Light 1950's
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Raoul Raba Large “Desert Rose” Pendant Lamp, France, 1969
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Set of Two medium size Sky Flyer Pendants by Yki Nummi for Sanka, Finland, 1960s
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Wonderful Ice Glass Chandelier in Brass by Doria
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