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Set of Four Stackable Bull Horn Chairs, Model PP701 by Hans Wegner

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Offered by Vance Trimble, Set of Four Stackable Bull Horn Chairs, Model PP701 by Hans Wegner. Hans designed this chair to be used in the dining room of his own home in Gentofte, north of Copenhagen. It is a compact and stackable version of his famous 1960 bull horn chair and was first introduced in 1965 to universal acclaim at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild exhibition held at the Danish Design Museum. This chair is also used in the café at the Danish Design Museum. Frames of tubular stainless steel, back and armrests of ash with inlays of wengé, seats in natural vegetable tanned leather. Cabinetmaker P. P. Furniture, Denmark. Literature: Noritsugu Oda, Danish Chairs, Japan, 1986, p. 120, illustrated. Grete Jalk, ed., 40 Years of Danish Furniture Design: The Copenhagen Cabinet-makers’ Guild Exhibitions 1927-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, vol. IV, 1957-1966, pp. 301-303, illustrated. Jens Bernsen, catalogue of the exhibition, Hans J Wegner: om Design, Dansk Design Center, Copenhagen, 1995, pp. 82, 93, 107, 115. Noritsugu Oda, Hans J. Wegner’s 100 Chairs, Japan, 2002, pp. 59 and 182, illustrated. Christian Holmsted Olesen, catalogue of the exhibition, Wegner: Just one good chair, Design Museum Denmark, 2014, pp. 77, 78, 80, 84, 146-47 for images and drawings.  

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  • Seat height
    17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    Vance Trimble, New York
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference number
    LU105504120933

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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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