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Papa Bear Chair

About the Design

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 apprentice to a cabinetmaker as a child. Inspired to study architecture and design, he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, then opened his own studio in 1943, working closely with peers like Arne Jacobsen, Erik Møller and more. He was a leading figure of the Scandinavian modernism movement, which championed quality craftsmanship, elegant design and efficient functionality.

The Papa Bear chair was Wegner’s first project with manufacturer A.P. Stolen, which enjoyed numerous collaborations with the designer over his career. Originally produced with a solid beechwood frame, Wegner’s chair, with its high backrest, lengthy back legs and comfortable cotton-upholstered cushioning, was designed in 1951 and had its first manufacturing run from 1953 to 1969. Its current production is managed by Danish joinery workshop PP Møbler, and the chair and ottoman are now available in a variety of wood and textile finishes.

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Teak ''Papa Bear'' Chair and Ottoman by Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Montreal, QC
Teak ''Papa Bear'' chair and ottoman by Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen Bearing the tag: "Furnituremakers Danish Control" Dimensions of the ottoman H 16, W 27.5, D 16 in.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Teak

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair in Boucle Fabric
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
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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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Bouclé, Teak

Pair of Hans Wegner AP-19 'Papa Bear" Armchairs for A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1950s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Hans Wegner AP-19 'Papa Bear" Armchairs for A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1950s New upholstery.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Fabric

Hans. J. Wegner for AP Stolen, Armchair Model Papa Bear Vintage, circa 1950
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Hans. J. Wegner (1914-2007) for AP Stolen, armchair model vintage papa bear, Black leather, teak legs and armrests Padded backrest, circa 1950, Denmark. Measures: Width 91 c...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Hans J. Wegner AP19 Papa Bear Chair A.P. Stolen Original Stamp & Inscription
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Culver City, CA
Available now is an absolutely stunning lounge chair by Hans Wegner for A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1950's. A truly iconic chair, Hans Wegner designed in 1951 for A.P Stolen. This chair is...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé, Teak

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair in Green Boucle Fabric
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
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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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wool, Oak

1950s Grey Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner 'new upholstery'
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner manufactured by A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1951 Wonderful original Papa Bear chair designed by Hans Wegner. This ingenious piece comes in perfect conditi...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Danish Lounge Chair "Papa Bear" by Hans Wegner
By PP Møbler 1, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Danish lounge chair "Papa Bear" by Hans Wegner for PP Møbler. New released. Available with fabrick or leather. Price for fabrick model. Quote on demand. Delivery t...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Ottoman, Model AP-29
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair ottoman, model AP-29. Perfect as a casual bench or stool. Made from solid shaped teak with original black leather purchased by original owner at Illums Bo...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather, Teak

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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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Oak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman for A.P. Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Hans J. Wegner design "Papa Bear" chair and matching ottoman produced for A.P. Stolen, Denmark. This an original matched set that has been perfectly refinished and newly upholstered ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Oak, Teak

1960’s Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair by AP Stolen
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner manufactured by A.P. Stolen. There is a Danish Control tag to the underside of chair. Provenance: Purchased in 1963 from Anton Dam in Denmark...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wood

Hans Wegner Mid Century Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Countryside, IL
Hans Wegner Mid Century Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman The chair measures: 30 wide x 23 deep x 38 high, with a seat height of 11 inches and arm height of 24 inches Ready for new ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair in Green 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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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Ap19 Papa Bear Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Burnaby, BC
This is World class living art. Danish Mid-Century Modern AP19 "PAPA BEAR" Chair by Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen, 1953. Incredibly comfortable chair by one of the true mas...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Teak, Fabric

Danish Modern Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Armchair 1950's
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brussels, BE
This iconic Papa Bear chair was reupholstered in a wool flannel. The wingback Papa Bear chair, also known as the Teddy Bear chair, has two outstretched arms with wood detailing once...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Wool, Teak

Hans Wegner Mid Century Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Countryside, IL
Hans Wegner Mid Century Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman The chair measures: 35 wide x 23 deep x 39 high, with a seat height of 14 inches and arm height of 23 inches The ottoman measu...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

AP 69 Mega Papa Bear Chair by Hans J. Wegner.
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rare "Mega Papa Bear" chair. Reupholstered in Royal Nubuck Lava. Legs and nails in oak. Made in a short period in late 1960. Made AP Stolen / Wegner.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

Hans Wegner Black Leather Pair of Papa Bear Chairs with Ottoman for A.P. Stolen
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dronten, NL
Hans J. Wegner black leather pair of Papa Bear chairs with one ottoman for A.P. Stolen, circa 1950. Great pampered condition, the natural dye black leather is still very soft and su...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair, First Edition
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Madrid, ES
First series of AP 19 lounge chair also called Papa bear chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by A.P. Stolen Bamse, Denmark, 1951. New upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood, Teak, Upholstery

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