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Round Chair

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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 materials in his work and, in particular, experimented with different types of wood instead of the industrial materials favored by 20th-century European modernism. In his highly functional pieces with their timeless silhouettes, Wegner celebrated the textures of oak, walnut, birch and others while concealing joints inside the various pieces for a seamless frame. Sometimes described as “Organic Functionality,” his approach exemplified the aesthetics of Scandinavian modern design in its reduction of an object to its essential elements while using that sparsity to elevate its materials.

The son of a cobbler, Wegner later apprenticed to a master cabinetmaker and studied at the Technical University of Denmark and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (then the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts). He opened his furniture design firm in 1943 and throughout his career centered his practice on craftsmanship and constantly reimagined the shape of the utilitarian chair.

He debuted the Round chair in 1949, first showing it at the Annual Exhibition of the Cabinetmakers’ Guild in Copenhagen. Wegner called it simply “the round one.” A semicircle of wood is balanced on its tapered legs, with either a handwoven cane or leather seat stretched between them. Its open back offers comfort for movement, an alternative to traditional straight-back chairs; its finely turned arms provide support without intruding on the sitter’s space. Incorporating 11 pieces of wood and zigzag joints to offer the appearance of a continuous semicircle of wood from the arms to the back, the Round chair’s form is minimal but showcases expert carpentry. In 1950, Interiors magazine declared it “the most beautiful chair in the world.”

Wegner took incredible care with his designs, believing that a good piece of furniture should last a lifetime. Originally manufactured by Danish furniture maker Johannes Hansen, the Round chair is now produced by Danish joinery workshop PP Møbler, which has sought to guard Wegner’s design through meticulous craftsmanship so it can continue to be enjoyed for generations.

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Hans J Wegner The Chair Model JH501 in Teak with Original Cane Seat
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful example of Hans Wegner's timeless The Chair or Round Chair built by cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, in solid teak with its original cane seat. The caning is 95% intact and...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Teak

Hans Wegner Teak Arm Round Chair JH-503, 3 Available
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Miami, FL
3 chairs available. Signed and numbered. Refinished and new leather upholstery.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Hans Wegner "The Chair" Early Version Teak and Cane JH-501 Chair Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Studio City, CA
Iconic in design and aesthetic. Designed in 1949 by famed Danish designer Hans Wegner and known universally as "The Chair", the JH501 chair is perhaps the most well known piece of Sc...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Cane, Teak

Pair of Hans Wegner Round Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful pair of round chairs by Hans Wegner. Cane seats. One seat was replaced so a slight variation in color that will disappear over time. Both show very well.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cane, Teak

PP501 The Chair in Clear Oak with Cane Seat
By PP Mobler, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Vancouver, BC
The back of the pp501 is carved out of a 5 inch piece of solid wood with seat in light cane. The material used in caning chairs is derived from the peeled bark or skin of the rattan ...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak, Rattan

Hans J. Wegner 'The Chair' in Teak for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner model JH503 in teak. Seat upholstered with black leather. Executed by Johannes Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans J. Wegner 'The Chair' in Teak for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner model JH503 in teak. Seat upholstered with black leather. Executed by Johannes Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

5 Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen JH-503 Chairs in Teak and Leather
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We are excited to offer 11 early Hans Wegner JH-503 chairs designed in 1949 and Produced by Johannes Hansen. Fully restored solid old growth teak construction. Stamped with the maker...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Hans Wegner Original Danish JH-501 Chairs by Johannes Hansen for Knoll, Set of 4
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Studio City, CA
Iconic in design and aesthetic. Designed in 1949 by famed Danish designer Hans Wegner and known universally as "The Chair", the JH501 chair is perhaps the most well known piece of Sc...
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Teak

Hans Wegner Mid Century Teak The Chair with Cane Seats - Set of 6
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Countryside, IL
Hans Wegner Mid Century Teak The Chair with Cane Seats - Set of 6 These chairs measure: 25 wide x 18 deep x 29.75 inches high, with a seat height of 17 and arm height/chair clearanc...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cane, Teak

Pair of Hans J. Wegner Armchair "JH-501" in Oak & Rattan Cane, Danish Modern
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Odense, DK
Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949 this is one of the most iconic pieces of Danish modern furniture design. Pair of rare and early model "JH-501" made by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak, Rattan

Hans Wegner Armchair Model JH-501 by Johannes Hansen in Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare armchair model JH-501 / the chair designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by Johannes Hansen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Pair Hans J. Wegner 'the Chair' JH503 for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning rare pair of Danish modern Teak chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen circa 1954. The chairs are upholstered with original black leather on Teak frame. “The ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans Wegner Set of Six PP201 Armchairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Hans J. Wegner A set of 6 model 'PP201' armchairs by Danish designer Hans Wegner. Oak frame with woven papercord seats, top rails with Wengé inlays. Designed in 1969. Produced by ...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Papercord, Oak, Wenge

Set of 6 Danish PP501 Round Chairs in Ash by Hans J. Wegner for PP Møbler
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A set of 6 custom height PP501 round chairs with sculpted back and arms in ash with a caned seat.
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cane, Ash

Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen "the Chair" Teak Round Chairs, Pair
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in South Bend, IN
Offering a rare and exceptional pair of JH 501 armchairs. Most commonly known as "The Chair", these are expertly designed for style and comfort and exquisitely constructed from solid...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Hans Wegner Jh-503 Chair, Oak c1950s
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner JH-503 "The Chair", 1949. Wegner’s iconic armchair. This early example with patinated oak frame and new cognac brown aniline leather seat. Produced by Johannes Han...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pair of Hans Wegner Round Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of matched Hans J. Wegner round chairs. Stunning wood, elegant textile. Sturdy and solid. Signed and guaranteed authentic. In good even condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Danish Armchair JH501 Hans J. Wegner Edition Johannes Hansen, Oak Cane 1950ies
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful armchair mod. "Round Chair" JH501 designed by Hans J. Wegner and produced by the Danish Manufacturer Johannes Hansen in the 1950ies. The chair is in excellent condition wi...
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20th Century Danish Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Oak

Pair of Hans Wegner Round Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Dallas, TX
The most recognized of Hans Wegner’s chairs, the round back or “The Chair” was designed in 1948. Exquisitely constructed by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. This chair was made famous i...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Upholstery

1970s Danish Round Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An oak "round" chair retaining the original upholstery with impressed stamp, "Johannes Hansen COPENHAGEN DENMARK".  
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

'The Chair' a Teak Round Chair with a Caned Seat by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A teak 'Round' chair with masterfully sculpted backrest and arms floating atop tapered dowel legs having a caned seat. This sublime chair became known as 'The Chair'.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak, Cane

Classic Hans Wegner Round Chair
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Sleek, sophisticated and architectural, wraparound armchair in solid rosewood, designed by Hans Wegner made by Johannes Hansen The chair has a solid rosewood frame, drop in upholst...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood

Hans Wegner Oak and Cane Round Chair
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model JH501 oak dining chair with cane seat, designed by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen, Denmark. This iconic Danish modern design is best known as "The Chair.” Elegant curviline...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Cane, Oak

Hans J Wegner Round Chair
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Three available, inquire within. Known simply as "The Chair," this iconic armchair was designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949. Patinaed Danish oak frame has been gently restored, and the...
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20th Century Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

Pair of Early Oak and Cane Round Chairs by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a pair of early oak and caned armchair by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen, Denmark. Excellent condition including new professionally crafted cane seats and backs.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Oak

Teak Round Chair with Upholstered Seat by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A teak Scandinavian Modern 'Round' chair by Hans Wegner. This armchair / dining chair features a masterfully sculpted backrest and arms floating atop tapered dowel legs and an uphols...
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen "The Chair" Teak Round Chairs, Set of Six
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in South Bend, IN
Offering a rare and exceptional set of six JH 501 armchairs. Most commonly known as "The Chair", these are expertly designed for style and comfort and exquisitely constructed from so...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Teak

1950s Danish Oak Round Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A newly upholstered oak 'round' chair produced previous to 1954, with original impressed stamp, 'Johannes Hansen COPENHAGEN DENMARK'. Model JH-501.   
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

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