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Mid-Century Modern Papa Bear Lounge Chair by Hans J Wegner

$14,000Asking Price


This beautiful vintage modern papa bear chair features a unique winged backrest and soft tufted upholstery. Sleek design with teak tipped armrests, splayed legs and thick padded seating. The stylish angled armrests and high backrest ensure optimal comfort. This iconic Danish armchair makes the perfect addition to any seating arrangement. Please confirm the item location (NY or NJ).


  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.5 in. (85.09 cm)Width: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Depth: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. age appropriate wear, some scratches and dings on the legs, discoloration and tears on the fabric, re-upholstery recommended.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1085-9061RKc1stDibs: LU92189409573

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  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Neptune City, NJ
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Papa Bear Chair

Designed by Hans J. Wegner
The wingback Papa Bear chair, also known as the Teddy Bear chair, has two outstretched arms with wood detailing once described by a critic as “great bear paws embracing you from behind” — hence the name. The piece was designed by Hans Wegner (1914–2007), a pioneer of Danish modernism who crafted nearly 500 chairs over the course of his long career. Not many of them, however, have the anthropomorphic qualities that this one does. Wegner was raised in the south of Denmark, where he served as an apprentice to a cabinetmaker as a child. Inspired to study architecture and design, he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, then opened his own studio in 1943, working closely with peers like Arne Jacobsen, Erik Møller and more. He was a leading figure of the Scandinavian modernism movement, which championed quality craftsmanship, elegant design and efficient functionality. The Papa Bear chair was Wegner’s first project with manufacturer A.P. Stolen, which enjoyed numerous collaborations with the designer over his career. Originally produced with a solid beechwood frame, Wegner’s chair, with its high backrest, lengthy back legs and comfortable cotton-upholstered cushioning, was designed in 1951 and had its first manufacturing run from 1953 to 1969. Its current production is managed by Danish joinery workshop PP Møbler, and the chair and ottoman are now available in a variety of wood and textile finishes.
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