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Pair of JH-513 Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen Teak and Leather Armchairs, 1960s

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Handsome pair of vintage Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen JH-513 teak and cognac leather conference chairs. Wegner's conference chairs of this period take inspiration directly from Designmuseum Danmark's own 18th century 'Spanish Travelling Chair', which, featuring a stretched leather seat and large armrests, influenced both Wegner and his good friend Borge Mogensen as young students of design. Mogensen's interpretation of the antique travelling chair is more of a direct quotation, seen clearly in his Spanish easy chair (1958). Wegner instead combined the turned legs and carved armrests of his successful "round chair" (JH501), with the rigid form of the antique design. He also conceived of a thinly upholstered, curved plywood backrest panel; this feature gives the impression of a stretched leather backrest while prioritizing firm comfort and enhancing strength. As with his early Windsor inspired designs, and his famous round chair heavily influenced by antique Chinese folding chairs. Wegner constantly studied and drew from the past; a student of history, a designer of the future. Manufacturer's mark to underside of both examples. Pair have been reupholstered in supple Italian cognac leather; teak frames reconditioned and polished.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer),Johannes Hansen (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Leather,PolishedTeak
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU81415451003

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About the Designer

Hans J. Wegner

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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