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Papa Bear Chair

About the Design

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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Hans J. Wegner Model AP-19 'Papa Bear' Chair in Dark Green Leather
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans J. Wegner for AP Stolen model AP-19 'Papa Bear' chair, designed in 1951. Considered one of Wegner's most desirable and comfortable chairs. This chair has been professionally reu...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Black Leather Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman for A.P. Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Hans J. Wegner black leather Papa Bear chair and ottoman for A.P. Stolen circa 1950. This piece has been professionally restored. Faint makers mark to the ottoman. Quality assura...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair in Boucle Fabric
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 papa bear chair, 1953 Vintage, original 1950s production of one of Danish master Hans Wegner's most iconic designs. The Papa Bear is rightly considered one...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak, Bouclé

Hans Wegner Boucle Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear chair and AP-29 ottoman, 1953 One of Wegner's most iconic designs. Produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark with dark teak arms and legs on the armchair ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair AP19 & AP29 Ottoman by A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1959
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair AP19 & AP29 Ottoman by A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1959 Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair & AP29 Ottoman produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark 1959, distribute...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak, Teak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair with Ottoman
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of papa bear chairs with matching ottoman stools by Hans Wegner, Denmark, 1950s. Upholstered in off-white fabric, with stained teak. The price includes one chair and one ottoman...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery

Hans J. Wegner Armchair 'PAPA BEAR'
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Berlin, Berlin
The Bamsestol (bear chair), known as the PAPA BEAR lounge chair designed by Hans J. Wegner. Denmark, A.P. Stolen, 1951. Original edition. Solid wooden construction with oak paws a...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wool, Oak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Lounge Chair Bamsestol Model AP19, Denmark, 1959
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Hans Wegner papa bear chair AP-19 by A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1959 Hans J. Wegner AP-19 papa bear chair produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1959, otherwise known as a 'Bamsestol', design...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Oak, Teak

Pair of AP-19 Papa Bear, Hans J. Wegner, 1960
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Handsome pair of AP-19 chair by Hans J.Wegner for A.P. Stolen. Better know as the Papa Bear chair.   
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Rosewood

Hans J. Wegner Armchair 'Papa Bear' 'Red Leather' and Footstool
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Berlin, Berlin
The Bamsestol (Bear chair), known as the papa bear lounge chair and footstool designed by Hans J. Wegner. Denmark, A.P. Stolen, 1951. Original edition. Solid wooden construction w...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Oak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair Reupholstered in Beige Upholstery
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner, lounge chair model AP 19 'Papa Bear, fabric and oak, Denmark, 1951 design, production later, This semi-wingback armchair, has an open expression in contrast with i...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Fabric, Oak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair in white Boucle, 1951, AP Stolen, Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Hans Wegner for AP Stolen, Denmark, 1951. A model AP 19 Papa Bear and ottoman. An iconic chair beautifully reupholstered with white Pierre Frey bouclé fabric. Chair has stained beec...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Beech

Hans Wegner Model AP-19 'Papa Bear' Chair, circa 1955
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Hans Wegner model AP-19 'Papa Bear' chair, circa 1955. Considered one of his finest and most desirable and comfortable chairs, this beautiful original piece has been professionally r...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Pair of Original 1950s Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chairs, Incl. Reupholstery in COM
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
An original pair of Hans Wegner papa bear chairs designed in 1947 and produced by AP Stolen in Denmark in the 1950s. The price in this listing includes expert re-upholstery in custom...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chairs, AP Stolen, Denmark, 1950s for Re-Upholstery, Pair
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
An original pair of Hans Wegner papa bear chairs designed in 1947 and produced by AP Stolen in Denmark in the 1950s. The fabric is damaged so these are offered in their current origi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Pair of Hans Wegner AP-19 Teak Papa Bear Armchairs
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner Pair of AP-19 Papa Bear chairs, 1953 The Papa Bear is one of Danish master Hans Wegner's most iconic designs and remains as popular and relevant today as when it...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Oak, Teak

Teak ''Papa Bear'' Chair and Ottoman by Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Montreal, QC
Teak ''Papa Bear'' chair and ottoman by Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen Bearing the tag: "Furnituremakers Danish Control" Dimensions of the ottoman H 16, W 27.5, D 16 in.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Teak

Papa Bear Armchair & Stool by Hans J. Wegner, 1950s, Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Hans J. Wegner ‘Papa Bear’ chair and stool, arm nails in teak and legs in oak. New upholstery in hallingdal, Kvadrat. Marked with disc. Measurements Stool: W 70 cm, H 42 cm, D 42 cm...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Oak, Teak

Pair of Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome pair of early 1960s AP-19 chair designed by Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen. These chairs are better known as the Papa Bear chair for their stately silhouette. Exquisitely cr...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Teak

Hans Wegner Teak Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman, AP Stolen, 1951, Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Hans Wegner for AP Stolen, Denmark, 1951. A model AP 19 Papa Bear and ottoman . An iconic chair beautifully reupholstered with white Kvadrat wool , contrasting seat cushion and ottom...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Teak

Original Midcentury Papa Bear Chair by Wegner, Danish Design, 1960s
By Anker Pedersen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
Papa bear chair (AP 19) in original fabric on a patinated teak frame designed by Hans J. Wegner for AP stolen in 1957. Great original condition. Made in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak

Hans J. Wegner, Papa Bear Easy Chair by Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in DE
Hans J. Wegner. Papa bear lounge chair. Excellent restored, preserving the great patina to the teak. New upholstered in heavy wool. Signed to the underside and bearing the Danish...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair, First Edition
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Madrid, ES
First series of AP 19 lounge chair also called Papa bear chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by A.P. Stolen Bamse, Denmark, 1951. New upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair in Grey Upholstery
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner, lounge chair Model AP 19 'Papa Bear, fabric and oak, Denmark, 1951 design, production later,  This semi-wingback armchair, has an open expression in contrast with ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Fabric, Oak

Pair of Papa Bear Chairs and Ottoman by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of papa bear chairs and ottoman designed by Hans Wegner for AP Stolen. One chair and ottoman retain their original stamp. Fully restored and upholstered in holly hunt fabric.
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Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman, Oak
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear chair and AP-29 ottoman, 1953 One of Wegner's most iconic designs. Produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark. Oak 'paws' and legs on the armchair and matc...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair, Teak
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 papa bear chair, 1953 One of Wegner's most iconic designs. Produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark. Teak paws and legs. Chair recovered in Kvadrat Hallingdal wool fab...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair, Teak
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 papa bear chair, 1953 One of Wegner's most iconic designs. Produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark. Teak paws and legs. Chair recovered in Kvadrat Hallingdal wool...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

1950s Yellow Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner 'i'
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner manufactured by A.P. Stolen with original fabric, Denmark, 1951 Beautiful original Papa Bear chair designed by Hans Wegner. This brilliant piece is in...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair, First Edition
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Madrid, ES
First series of AP 19 lounge chair also called Papa bear chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by A.P. Stolen Bamse. Denmark, 1951. New upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Easy Chair Produced by A.P. Stolen in Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare easy chair model Papa bear designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by A.P. Stolen in Denmark. Teak paws, oak legs and original fabric.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Oak, Teak

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman, Teak
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear chair and AP-29 ottoman, 1953 One of Wegner's most iconic designs. Produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark. Teak paws with oak legs on the armchair and ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Oak, Fabric, Teak

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman, Teak
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear chair and AP-29 ottoman, 1953 One of Wegner's most iconic designs. Produced by A.P. Stolen, Denmark. Teak paws with oak legs on the armchair and ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Hans Wegner AP19 Papa Bear Chair for A.P. Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Berlin, DE
New upholstered Hans Wegner Papa Bear in Kvadrat Hallingdal. Authentic nailed upholstery job on the bottom. We got the chair from the first owner who purchased it in the 1950s in De...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Papa Bear Chair by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
AP 19 - Reupholstered Papa Bear chair in Clara 2 wool (code: 987) with buttons in Savanne leather (color: Coffee). Paws and legs in oak. Maker AP Stolen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair in Black Leather
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner by AP Stolen, lounge chair Model AP 19 'Papa Bear', black leather and beech, Denmark, 1951 design, production late 1950s. This semi-wingback armchair, has an open exp...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

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Beech, Leather

Pair of Hans Wegner Papa Bear Ottomans
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of teak Hans Wegner "Papa Bear" chair ottomans. Freshly restored and reupholstered.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Teak

Important Pair of Hans Wegner for A.P. Stolen Papa Bear Chairs with Ottomans
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This is a beautiful pair of Papa Bear chairs. We added a pair of our Brazilian sheepskin pillows for added comfort. Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear chairs and ottomans, pair A.P. Stolen D...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin, Upholstery, Oak, Teak

Original Vintage Papa Bear Chair and Stool by Hans J Wegner for A P Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This is a particularly nice original example, produced some time in the 1960s, it has nicely patinated Teak legs and 'Paws' all in very good condition, we have had it completely reup...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear Chair in Black Fabric
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Berlin, DE
Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear chair model with Teak nails and legs. Upholstered win black fabric. Needs to be upholstered.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Teak, Fabric

Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Berlin, DE
Papa Bear chair by Hans J. Wegner. This model has Teak nails and legs. Upholstered with brown fabric. Need to be upholstered.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Teak, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Papa Bear Lounge Chair by Hans J Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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 seat...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak, Upholstery

Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear Chair for A.P. Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear chair model with Teak nails and legs. Upholstered with brown wool. Executed by A.P. Stolen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak, Wool

Papa Bear Chair, Model AP 19, by Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Møbler
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an early papa bear chair with the original upholstery.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear Easy Chair by AP Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in St. Louis, MO
Completely original Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear easy chair by AP Stolen, Denmark. Retains original dark wool upholstery and straps, both in excellent condition! Doesn't need to be reuph...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

AP 69 Mega Papa Bear Chair by Hans J. Wegner.
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rare "Mega Papa Bear" chair. Reupholstered in Royal Nubuck Lava. Legs and nails in oak. Made in a short period in late 1960. Made AP Stolen / Wegner.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Highland, IN
Renowned for it's beautiful design and incredible comfort, the Papa Bear chair has become an icon of 20th century Danish design. This exceptional example of Wegner's masterpiece is i...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

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Teak, Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Danish Lounge Chair "Papa Bear" by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, PP Møbler 1
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Danish lounge chair "Papa Bear" by Hans Wegner for PP Møbler. New released. Available with fabrick or leather. Price for fabrick model. Quote on demand. Delivery t...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Leather