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Papa Bear Chair
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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.

Papa Bear Chair

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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, Bouclé, Teak

Hans Wegner Boucle Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Hans J. Wegner, Papa Bear Easy Chair by Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
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

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Vintage Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair Set with Ottoman in Floral Print
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Purchased from the daughter of the original owner, these amazing papa bear chairs have had an incredible life. According to the daughter, the chairs first came to live in Saudi Arabi...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak, Fabric

Pair of Papa Bear Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
AP 19 - Papa bear chairs in original black leather. Maker AP Stolen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman for A.P Stolen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Hans Wegner papa bear chair and ottoman, the more desirable early teak legs and arm pads version. Newly refinished and upholstered in a very light grey Danish wool, ready to enjoy.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Hans Wegner Black Leather Pair of Papa Bear Chairs with Ottoman for A.P. Stolen
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dronten, NL
Hans J. Wegner black leather pair of Papa Bear chairs with one ottoman for A.P. Stolen, circa 1950. Priced as a set. Provenance; Klassik Copenhagen Danish International soccer...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Model AP-19 'Papa Bear' Chair in Dark Green Leather
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
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

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Lounge Chair Bamsestol Model AP19, Denmark, 1959
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
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

Materials

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

Materials

Fabric, Rosewood

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

Materials

Beech

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

Materials

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

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Pair of Hans Wegner AP-19 Teak Papa Bear Armchairs
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

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

Materials

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

Materials

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.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman, Oak
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair, Teak
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Fabric, 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.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Hans Wegner AP-19 Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman, Teak
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Papa Bear Chair by Hans J. Wegner
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
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

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

Materials

Teak

Original Vintage Papa Bear Chair and Stool by Hans J Wegner for A P Stolen
By A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
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

Materials

Wool, 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

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...
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather