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Hans J. Wegner JH-509 Armchairs for Johannes Hansen

$4,500per set

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Pair of JH-509 armchairs designed by iconic Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen in Denmark, circa 1950s. Initially designed for conference and meeting rooms, these ergonomic chairs showcase Wegner’s superior design ideals with Hansen’s craftsmanship creating one of the most iconic collaborations of Danish modern design. These chairs feature a sculpted walnut wood frame with top-grain green leather upholstery and new high-density foam interior. Our expert craftsmen team have recently refinished and reupholstered both chairs molded for comfort, support, and many more years of use. This pair goes excellent in office settings or a living room as accent chairs.

Details

  • Creator
    Johannes Hansen (Manufacturer),Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Newly Refinished, Newly Reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU971117690271

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Hans J. Wegner (Designer)

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.

About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Los Angeles, CA

A specialist in mid-century modern furnishings and decorative arts, Danish Modern LA focuses on Scandinavian and American pieces by iconic designers like Hans J. Wegner, Greta M. Grossman, Finn Juhl, George Nelson and Florence Knoll. For the past 15 years, the firm’s talented and dedicated artisans have been refreshing and refinishing...

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