Early Hans J. Wegner PP130 Circle Chair For Sale
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Early Hans J. Wegner PP130 Circle Chair


One of the most iconic chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner as it was his last chair he designed. His desire for many years was to create a circular chair and so after years of trying he finally work out how to create a simple circular chair which is also known as the 'Hoop Chair'. Layers of timber are laminated together in a steam press then hand-crafted into shape. The ash timber has then traditionally finished with Danish soap flakes (soap treated finish). The single piece of rope which is approx 80m long to be woven and tied with a single knot at the bottom centre under the chair. The fabric to the removable head rest and loose seat cushion are in the classic Vibeke Klint natural fabric made up of horsehair and cotton. Extremely comfortable chair and with 2 wheels at the rear the chair is lightweight to move around. The chair has the original manufacturers sticker (which dates prior to the manufacturers moving to brand their logo directly into the wood). The chair was sourced directly from the manufacturer for a Danish furniture exhibition in New Zealand in the late 1980s. The chair has original loose cushions along with a brand new set of loose cushions in the matching original specification (additional value USD1,600). Measurements: W: 112cm / 44" x D: 94cm / 37" x H: 97cm / 38.2" and SH 40cm /15.7".


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 38.19 in. x W 37.01 in. x D 44.1 in.H 97 cm x W 94 cm x D 112 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.75 in. (40 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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