Hans J. Wegner Bar Bench for Johannes Hansen For Sale
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Hans J. Wegner Bar Bench for Johannes Hansen


One of the most beautifully handcrafted solid timber benches ever designed. Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1953 for Johannes Hansen. This piece was manufacture red in the 1970s and has the original manufacturer's sticker is on the underside. It was purchased directly from Johannes Hansen in Denmark and imported directly into New Zealand. Hans J. Wegner in the 1980s became more attached to PP Møbler (which now produces many pieces originally designed for Johannes Hansen including this item). The manufacturers label reflects the time period pre-PP Møbler. The top part is made from a single piece of solid ash individually cut into sections then evenly spaced with concealed joints to create the overall length. The bench is hand-sanded and sealed via the traditional soap-treated method. Wegner originally designed the bar bench for his own private entrance hall. Employing simple means, the bench provides practical intermediate seating while appearing like a transparent unit, blending in with the surrounding interior and light. The bench could also be used as a coffee table, at the end of a bed or simply in the middle of a larger space as a stand alone piece of furniture. Measurements: D 52cm / 20.47" x W 155cm / 61.02" x H 36cm / 14.17"


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 14.18 in. x W 61.03 in. x D 20.48 in.H 36 cm x W 155 cm x D 52 cm
  • Seller Location
    Havelock North, NZ
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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.

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