Hans Wegner for GETAMA Sofa

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This four-seater sofa (model GE 236/4) was designed by Hans Wegner for GETAMA in the 1950s and is comprised of a solid oak slatted-back frame. The cushions, marked 'Ryghynde' are original to the piece and are a coral/peach wool. The GETAMA branding is present on the underside.
The cushions are in good, vintage condition with minor spotting and fading in places (particularly on the arm rests). All the cushions have zippers, so replacing the upholstery while keeping the springs intact is easily accomplished. Additionally, the arm rests are removable from the frame.
Since its inception in 1899, GETAMA was known as a mattress manufacturer. Keeping with the trend even after the company evolved into furniture manufacturing, comfort continued to be at the forefront of their design.
For example, within the cushions of this piece there are miniature box springs with the cushion support system comprised of linked metal strapping for maximum comfort and longevity (much like a well-made mattress).

Details

  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Materials and Techniques
    Oak
  • Condition
    Good. Wear to original fabric - frame is in excellent, vintage condition .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
    Dimensions
    31 in. H x 93 in. W x 26 in. D
    79 cm H x 236 cm W x 66 cm D
  • Seat Height
    15 in. (38 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU144423469712

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.

About the Seller

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Located in Brooklyn, NY

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