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Hans J. Wegner Lounge Chairs from the 1960s in Oak and Dark Green Leather

$12,342.78per set

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Pair of rare and important "Sawbuck" lounge chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark. Model "CH-28". Designed by Wegner in 1952 they were an instant classic. This pair is made from solid oak and are from the early 1960s. They are both stamped underneath the seats with maker’s mark. The chairs have been refinished by a Danish cabinetmaker and reupholstered in the most exclusive dark green "Elegance" aniline leather.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer),Carl Hansen & Søn (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.93 in. (76 cm)Width: 29.93 in. (76 cm)Depth: 29.14 in. (74 cm)Seat Height: 16.15 in. (41 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Refinished and reupholstered by Danish Cabinetmaker. Dark green aniline Elegance leather of highest quality. Leather surface: Natural surface and subtle markings. Finish: Wax with a silky feel Tannage: Chrome followed by a vegetable tanning.
  • Seller Location
    Odense, DK
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3793124055912

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    Ships From: Odense, Denmark
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Sawbuck Chair

Designed by Hans J. Wegner
Danish designer Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007) got his start as a 14-year-old apprentice to Danish master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg, and that lifelong dedication to the art of woodworking can be seen in his 1952 CH29P chair. Nicknamed the Sawbuck chair, its legs recall the sawbuck, or sawhorse, workbenches used by carpenters but reimagined for a modern design that combines clean lines and comfort. Known as the “Master of the Chair,” Wegner would create over 500 variations on seating across his career, his practice leading the way in the style and attention to quality that would define Danish modern design in the 1950s and ’60s. Each chair he introduced — the Flag Halyard chair, the Round chair and many more — balanced aesthetics and function, often comprising just a few simple components as part of his “continuous process of purification” in his designs. The Sawbuck chair followed a 1951 lounge chair that also had tapered legs and a large H-shape frame that swayed back against a short H-shape frame. The 1952 model refined this idea. Wegner added cutout details on two sides of its back and placed an emphasis on ergonomics by widening its upholstered seat at the front. Paired with the concave backrest, the Sawbuck chair accommodates a variety of sitting postures while still being a sculptural object. Carl Hansen & Søn, the Danish furniture company with which Wegner collaborated on many of his designs, took the Sawbuck chair out of production in the 1970s. Two decades later, at the encouragement of Wegner’s family, it was relaunched in a variety of wood types and upholstery options to fit into contemporary interiors as an update to the elegant original design.
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