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Johannes Hansen

Danish master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen is best known for a celebrated partnership with legendary Scandinavian modernist designer Hans Wegner that lasted half a century. The sophisticated and sculptural chairs, tables and cabinets that Wegner designed and Hansen built earned Wegner worldwide acclaim, and brought meaningful business opportunities to Hansen and his modest workshop.

Hansen was born in 1886 and apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in his early years, opening a workshop and showroom in Copenhagen. In 1927, he helped establish the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition. Later, at the age of 55, Hansen began working with Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner, then only 26. With Wegner creating and Hansen executing on his partner’s complex designs, they developed furniture to sell in Hansen's showroom. A business relationship of this type was common in 20th-century Danish furniture making, and Hansen and Wegner enjoyed a prolific and renowned collaboration.

Wegner’s career began in cabinetry before he transitioned to furniture design in the 1940s. He is among the most celebrated figures for collectors of mid-century modern and Scandinavian works of the era. One of the first well-known entries for the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibitions authored by Wegner and built by Hansen was the 1942 Lattice chair, a red Cuban mahogany dining room chair with an upholstered leather seat. The Peacock chair, an iconic design that followed in 1947, was the pair's take on a traditional English Windsor chair. It featured flattened spindles along the back resembling the feathers of a peacock tail — it wasn’t exactly an emblem of the pared-back functionality prioritized by Kaare Klint, Wegner’s former instructor at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Wegner would go on to design nearly 500 chairs over the course of his life — among them are the Wishbone chair, the Papa Bear chair and the Round chair. The latter, which is often simply called “The Chair,” was manufactured by Hansen and made its debut at the Guild Exhibition in 1949. It was declared “the most beautiful chair in the world” by Interiors magazine a year later, and a pair of the iconic seats appeared on the first nationally televised presidential debate in the United States in 1960.

After Hansen died in 1961, his son, Poul Hansen, took over the business and continued working with Wegner. The company closed in the 1990s, but today, Hansen and Wegner's collaborative legacy endures in collections around the world.

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Average Sold Price
$11,672
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Hans Wegner Slatted Bench for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Bench in solid dark teak by Hans J. Wegner, 1958. Model JH-574 executed by Johannes Hansen. Copenhagen, Denmark, 1960s. Signed to underside.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Johannes Hansen

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Teak

Six Oak JH501 Armchairs Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Hudson, NY
Classic / JH501 / Round / "Kennedy" armchairs solid oak with cane back and seat all branded mark JH. Priced as set PROVENANCE Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Johannes Hansen

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Oak

Hans Wegner Slatted Bench in Teak for Johannes Hansen, 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans Wegner, slatted bench in teak made by master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, 1960s. Model JH-574. Stamped from maker.
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1960s European Scandinavian Modern Vintage Johannes Hansen

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Teak

'Bullhorn' Chair by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An oak 'Bullhorn' chair with oak splines and upholstered seat retaining the original black leather.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Johannes Hansen

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Oak

  • 'Bullhorn' Chair by Hans Wegner
  • 'Bullhorn' Chair by Hans Wegner
  • 'Bullhorn' Chair by Hans Wegner
  • 'Bullhorn' Chair by Hans Wegner
H 29 in. W 29 in. D 19 in.
1940s Brown Ash and Papercord Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen, Finn Juhl
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Peacock chair, ash, papercord by Hans Wegner, Denmark, 1974 Ashwood frames with teak armrests and original paper cord seat make the iconic peacock chair by Hans J. Wegner a work o...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Johannes Hansen

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Teak, Papercord, Ash

Hans Wegner Classic Armchair for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Hudson, NY
Solid teak early Hans Wegner 501 armchair with cane back leather seat instead cane impressed mark on the stretcher.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Johannes Hansen

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Teak

  • Hans Wegner Classic Armchair for Johannes Hansen
  • Hans Wegner Classic Armchair for Johannes Hansen
  • Hans Wegner Classic Armchair for Johannes Hansen
  • Hans Wegner Classic Armchair for Johannes Hansen
H 29.75 in. W 24.75 in. D 21.5 in.
Hans Wegner 'Valet Chair' in Solid Oak for Johannes Hansen, 1953
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans Wegner, valet chair in solid oak for master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. Underside branded with manufacturer’s mark and 'JOHANNES HANSEN/COPENHAGEN/DENMARK'. Designed in 1953. ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Johannes Hansen

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Oak

Pair of Hans J. Wegner Flag Halyard Chair JH719 for Johannes Hansen Denmark 1968
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful and rare pair of Danish easy chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by Johannes Hansen. These great chairs come in excellent restored condition with loose sea...
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20th Century Danish Johannes Hansen

Materials

Wool, Beech

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Johannes Hansen furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Johannes Hansen are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Johannes Hansen furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 151 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Johannes Hansen were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint and A.P. Stolen. Prices for Johannes Hansen furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,127 and tops out at $86,000, while pieces like these can sell for $11,500 on average.

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