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Hans J. Wegner

Danish, 1914-2007

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tablesHans 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.

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Iconic Designs from Hans J. Wegner
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Papa Bear Chair
Papa Bear Chair
Round Chair
Round Chair
Wishbone Chair
Wishbone Chair
China Chair
China Chair
Hans J. Wegner, Original 1956, Lounge Chair Armchair GE-320 by GETAMA, Denmark
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Munster, NRW
Here you have the opportunity to purchase an extremely rare lounge chair by Hans J. Wegner, designed in 1956 for GETAMA in Denmark. The stamped and handcrafted frame is made of tea...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Fabric, Teak

Carl Hansen CH24 Soft Wishbone Chair in Blue with Natural Cord by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
The very first model Hans J. Wegner designed exclusively for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, the CH24 or wishbone chair, has been in continuous production since its introduction in 1950. ...
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2010s Danish Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Papercord

Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Countryside, IL
Hans Wegner mid century rocking chair This chair measures: 25 wide x 34.5 deep x 41.25 inches high, with a seat height of 18 and arm height of 26.25 inches ?All pieces of furni...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Cane, Wood, Bentwood

  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
  • Hans Wegner Mid Century Rocking Chair
H 41.25 in. W 25 in. D 34.5 in.
Hans Wegner PP201 Dining Chair PP Mobler, Denmark, 1969
By Hans J. Wegner, PP Mobler
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful shaped dining chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by PP Møbler, Denmark 1969. This is chair is an early example in very nice original condition. The chair is ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Paper, Cord, Oak

Danish Midcentury Commode in Teak and Oak by Hans Wegner, 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner, Ry Møbler
Located in Lejre, DK
Commodes in oak with teak drawers. Designed by Hans J Wegner for RY Moebler cabinetmakers in the late 1950s.
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Oak

Hans J. Wegner for Getama Sofa GE290 in Teak
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner, three-seat sofa, model GE290 for Getama, teak, fabric upholstery, Denmark, 1960s This model GE290 by Hans Wegner is a seemingly simple design. It is produced by Geta...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Oak

  • Hans J. Wegner for Getama Sofa GE290 in Teak
  • Hans J. Wegner for Getama Sofa GE290 in Teak
  • Hans J. Wegner for Getama Sofa GE290 in Teak
  • Hans J. Wegner for Getama Sofa GE290 in Teak
H 27.96 in. W 71.66 in. D 32.29 in.
Hans Wegner Armchair Model Jh-501 / the Chair by Johannes Hansen in Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare armchair model JH-501 / the chair designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by Johannes Hansen in Denmark.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hans J. Wegner

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Teak, Cane

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Walnut Oil with Black Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Hans J. Wegner

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Papercord

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5 / 5
Another Classic ApS
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Hans J. Wegner Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Furniture by Hans J. Wegner are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Hans J. Wegner collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 1,178 vintage editions of these items, while there are 426 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Hans J. Wegner were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Fritz Hansen and Børge Mogensen. Prices for Hans J. Wegner Furniture may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $348 and tops at $100,435, while pieces like these can sell for $4,584.