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Hans J. Wegner Decorative Objects

Hans Wegner (Denmark, 1914–2007)
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 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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1950s Danish Teak Desk Organizer by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A bench-made solid teak desk organizer with dovetail joinery, comprising five correspondence dividers, a slim drawer and open storage.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Decorative Objects

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Teak

PP586 The Fruit Bowl by Hans J. Wegner for PP Møbler in Ash
By PP Mobler, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
PP586 'The Fruit Bowl' (side table) is a nicely proportioned lathe turned ash shallow bowl that rests on an architectural three legged stand of chromed steel, designed in 1956. Each ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Decorative Objects

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Ash

Hans Wegner 'Fruit Bowl' in Solid Teak on Three-Legs for Johannes Hansen, JH 586
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans Wegner, "JH 586". Fruit bowl of solid teak, mounted on three legged frame of chromed steel. By master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, with maker's stamp. Designed 1956. Literat...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Decorative Objects

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Teak

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1950s Danish Solid Teak Slatted Bench by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
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1950s Danish Solid Teak Slatted Bench by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
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1950s Danish Oak Settee by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
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1960s Danish Solid Teak Table / Desk by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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1950s JH-563 Wishbone Writing Desk by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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1960s Danish Teak Dining Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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1950s Danish JH-586 The Fruit Bowl by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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1970s Danish Round Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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Oak Cabinet by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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Teak Round Chair with Upholstered Seat by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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Wall Mount Cabinets by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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1960s Danish Tambour Door Storage Unit by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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Large Hans Wegner Danish Teak Bowl for Johannes Hansen 1950s
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen. Large teak bowl. Signed on base. Denmark, 1950s. Measures: 25" diameter x 3" H.
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Decorative Objects

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Rare and Early Hans Wegner Teak Fruit Bowl
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Utrecht, NL
Vary rare fruit bowl by Hans Wegner in a gorgeous wood grained teakwood on a chromed three legged base, executed by Johannes Hansen. Tray comes in very well preserved condition wi...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner Decorative Objects

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