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Peacock Chair

About the Design

Not long before he debuted both “The Chair” — the ingeniously, appropriately named piece that exemplifies his dedication to purified form — and the revered and now oft-imitated Wishbone chair, Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner (1914–2007) released the Peacock chair, a gracefully arching, high-backed seat produced for PP Møbler in 1947.


Although certain elements of this Wegner design — a woven seat, shapely wooden frame, graceful form — would go on to become nearly synonymous with Danish mid-century furniture, the Peacock (official name: PP550) has roots in another design tradition: the Windsor chair. Recognized by its arched frame and spindle back, the Windsor has long been associated with Amish woodworking communities in the United States, though its origin can be traced back to England and Wales. English settlers brought the seats stateside and they quickly gained popularity in North America, enduring through colonial times and into 20th-century American style.


But back to Denmark: While Wegner was a young student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (where he enrolled in 1936), he became involved with the Carpenters’ Guild Furniture Exhibits, which showed experimental designs by Danish architects and sparked Wegner’s own interest in playing with traditional notions of design in furniture. He became fascinated with a process of “stripping the old chairs of their outer style and letting them appear in their pure construction,” a method that would inform much of his most important work. Soon after experimenting with traditional Ming chairs in his China chair series, Wegner set his sights on the Windsor, which he adapted in subtle yet significant ways that exemplify his modernist ethos.


First, the flattening of the spindles in an arc to follow the posture of the sitter, a nod to the modern notion of designing around the human body. Then, the paper-cord seat, a precursor to the Wishbone in a material designed as a replacement for jute, which was in short supply following World War II. Finally, rendering the frame in ash, a common species in Denmark and a favorite wood among Scandinavian mid-century designers.


Legend has it that it was actually Wegner contemporary Finn Juhl who saw the seat and proclaimed its resemblance to the showy bird, with the flattened spindles making up an arc of wood plumage. In any case, the name stuck, and PP Møbler continues to produce the Peacock chair under the moniker to this day.

Hans Wegner Peacock Chair

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Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen, 1960s Denmark, Signed
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extremely well-cared-for peacock chair by Hans Wegner came from a single family owner, and while has some minor aging, is in amazing original condition considering its age. Craf...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Ash, Teak

Hans J. Wegner “Peacock Chair” for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner “Peacock Chair”. An ashwood easy chair with teak armrests and woven papercord seat. Model JH 550. Executed and stamped by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Ash, Teak

Hans Wegner Peacock Chair for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Hans Wegner design peacock chair for Johannes Hansen, Denmark. In very good to excellent original condition with only minimal signs of any use, ready to enjoy.
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Ash, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Model JH 550 Peacock Chair
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hans J. Wegner's iconic take on the windsor chair, designed in 1947 and produced by Johannes Hansen. A wonderful example for the Danish modern collector. The chair is in excellent re...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord

Hans Wegner Peacock Chair with Custom Sheepskin Cushion
By PP Mobler, Hans J. Wegner
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This is a beautiful model PP550 "Peacock" lounge chair, in truly excellent condition. When Finn Juhl first saw this chair he immediately noticed its characteristic back and named it ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin, Ash

Hans J. Wegner JH550 "Peacock Chair" for Johannes Hansen
By Knoll, Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Hans Wegner's JH550 "Peacock Chair" in teak and ash was designed originally in 1947. This example, from the 1960s, comes from the estate of a fellow who for many years worked for Kno...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Ash, Teak

Hans Wegner "Peacock" Chair in Ash and Teak with Woven Seat, Denmark 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
The peacock chair is one of Wegner's most iconic designs incorporating both traditional and modern styling.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak, Ash

Midcentury Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner, 1950s
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Peacock chair designed by Hans J Wegner for master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. Made in Denmark in the mid-1950s. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Ash, Teak

Midcentury Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner, 1950s
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Peacock chair designed by Hans J Wegner for master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. Made in Denmark in the mid-1950s. Great original condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Ash, Teak

1940s Brown Ash and Papercord Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner
By Finn Juhl, Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Peacock chair, ash, papercord by Hans Wegner, Denmark, 1974 Ashwood frames with teak armrests and original paper cord seat make the iconic peacock chair by Hans J. Wegner a work o...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak, Papercord, Ash

Ash and Teak Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Boston, MA
A modern, exaggerated take on the classic Windsor chair, this iconic design from 1947, model JH550, is a fine example of Hans Wegner’s work. Best known by the name given it by fellow...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Ash, Papercord, Teak

Hans Wegner Peacock Chair
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Andersen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hans Wegner peacock chair designed in 1947 features a Windsor back in oak with teak arms and detail. Produced by Johannes Hansen with signature.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Oak, Teak

Hans Wegner "Peacock Chair"
By Hans J. Wegner, PP Mobler
Located in Tucson, AZ
Like new 2001 Hans Wegner peacock chair. Stamped on bottom Mobler Danmark Designed by Hans Wegner. One owner, rarely used. Ash, teak and papercord seat.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Papercord, Ash, Teak

Hans Wegner "Peacock" Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans Wegner Peacock chair designed in 1947 and produced by Johannes Hansen. Chair is signed with the Johannes Hansen signature. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Hans Wegner Peacock Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans Wegner Peacock Chair Designed in 1947 and Produced by Johannes Hansen. Chair is Signed with the Johannes Hansen signature. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Windsor Chairs

Materials

Ash, Teak