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Hans Wegner Reupholstered Papa Bear Chair with Ottoman

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Hans J. Wegner by AP Stolen, lounge chair Model AP 19 'Papa Bear with footstool, Denmark, 1951 design, production late 1950s, blue fabric reupholstery. This semi-wingback armchair, has an open expression in contrast with its historical ancestors. Wegner made a few considerations about construction and usefulness that have resulted in this elegant shape. For instance, the armrests have been cut lose from the seat, providing the sitter with the ability to move freely. Another interesting detail is are the wooden 'claws' at the end of the arm rests, to hide je joinery in the fabric and prevent the sitter from soiling the fabric with its hands. It was in fact a journalist who dubbed this AP19 the ''Papa Bear', for obvious reasons: it looks like a bear hugging the sitting from behind. Anker Pedersen, who manufactured the chair, like the name so much that it has been called the Papa Bear chair ever since. This chair and ottoman pictured shell is reupholstered with a Kvadrat fabric. If desired we can reupholster this chair as the pictures depict. Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most profilic furniture designers of the world. Wegner's furniture was designed with the greatest understanding of materials, construction techniques, and use. Wegner is known to be an excellent cabinet maker with thorough understanding of the materials he worked with, yet his greatest aim was to create expressive and exciting design. Although Wegner was a functionalist, he was not a rational dogmatist such as Kaare Klint, of whom he was a student. Instead, his designs sparkle with inventiveness and sculptural sense. But this never meant that his organic and sensuous forms left the strict rules of functionalism. At heart, Wegner was an idealist. He was relentless in his quest for the best chair: 'there is never one damn thing that cannot be made better'. But Wegner was aware of the fact that you cannot design the 'perfect' chair, which gave him the freedom to produce as much as possible. He left behind more than 3500 drawings and about 500 of his designs went into production. His designs feature in the UN Building and Seagram Building in New York, UNESCO's headquarters. NATO's headquarters in Paris, and several buildings by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.  

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 38.59 in. x W 35.83 in. x D 33.08 in.H 98 cm x W 91 cm x D 84 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    ODB 8970
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU933112630222
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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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