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Hans Wegner GE-1 Bench - Lacquered Oak

$8,391per item

About

Designed by Hans Wegner in 1954, the GE 1 bench is a versatile piece of furniture. One side adjusts to create a backrest or can be lowered for flat bench seating. Crafted in solid wood, this bench is hand built at Getama’s factory in Gedsted, Denmark by skilled cabinetmakers using traditional Scandinavian techniques. Available in fabric or leather. Inquire for available upholstery options. Lead time: 6 - 8 weeks

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer),GETAMA (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Width: 47 in. (119.38 cm)Depth: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Oak,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Contemporary
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Estimated Production Time
    Available Now
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Berkeley, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1353215161042

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    Ships From: Berkeley, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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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 tablesHans 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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