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Hans J. Wegner Cognac Leather “Papa Bear” Chair with Ottoman for A.P. Stolen

$22,500Asking Priceper set

About

These iconic “Papa Bear” lounge chairs were designed by Hans J. Wegner for the famous Danish workshop of A.P. Stolen in 1951. Originally named the AP-19, this model acquired the name “Papa Bear” when a journalist claimed that the chair looked like a bear hugging the sitter from behind. Its features include tapered teak legs and padded arm rests or claws that serve to conceal the tenon and mortise joinery underneath. Our expert craftsmen have professionally restored them to their original specs by upholstering them with a quality Italian cognac full-grain leather that will patinate beautifully over time. With their playful form and extremely comfortable quality, it has made them a classic marker of Danish Modern design.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer),A.P. Stolen (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 35 in. (88.9 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Newly Refinished, Newly Reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU971123578212

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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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.
About the Seller
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Located in Los Angeles, CA

A specialist in mid-century modern furnishings and decorative arts, Danish Modern LA focuses on Scandinavian and American pieces by iconic designers like Hans J. Wegner, Greta M. Grossman, Finn Juhl, George Nelson and Florence Knoll. For the past 15 years, the firm’s talented and dedicated artisans have been refreshing and refinishing ...

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