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Danish designer Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007) got his start as a 14-year-old apprentice to Danish master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg, and that lifelong dedication to the art of woodworking can be seen in his 1952 CH29P chair. Nicknamed the Sawbuck chair, its legs recall the sawbuck, or sawhorse, workbenches used by carpenters but reimagined for a modern design that combines clean lines and comfort.


Known as the “Master of the Chair,” Wegner would create over 500 variations on seating across his career, his practice leading the way in the style and attention to quality that would define Danish modern design in the 1950s and ’60s. Each chair he introduced — the Flag Halyard chair, the Round chair and many more — balanced aesthetics and function, often comprising just a few simple components as part of his “continuous process of purification” in his designs.


The Sawbuck chair followed a 1951 lounge chair that also had tapered legs and a large H-shape frame that swayed back against a short H-shape frame. The 1952 model refined this idea. Wegner added cutout details on two sides of its back and placed an emphasis on ergonomics by widening its upholstered seat at the front. Paired with the concave backrest, the Sawbuck chair accommodates a variety of sitting postures while still being a sculptural object.


Carl Hansen & Søn, the Danish furniture company with which Wegner collaborated on many of his designs, took the Sawbuck chair out of production in the 1970s. Two decades later, at the encouragement of Wegner’s family, it was relaunched in a variety of wood types and upholstery options to fit into contemporary interiors as an update to the elegant original design.

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CH29P Sawbuck Chair in Oak Painted Black by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in New York, NY
The CH29P Sawbuck chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner, has clean, simple lines and a unique construction. The seat is significantly wider at the front, and - along with the very curved...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

CH29P Sawbuck Chair in Oiled Oak by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern

Materials

Leather, Oak

CH29P Sawbuck Chair in Oak Soap by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern

Materials

Leather, Oak

CH29P Sawbuck Chair in Oak White Oil by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern

Materials

Leather, Oak

Danish Modern 'Sawbuck' CH-29 Dining Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Burbank, CA
This amazing set of six Danish modern "Sawbuck" dining chairs were designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, model CH-29. These chairs holds a very strong structure even thou...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Teak

Hans J. Wegner Lounge Chairs from the 1960s in Oak and Dark Green Leather
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Odense, DK
Pair of rare and important "Sawbuck" lounge chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark. Model "CH-28". Designed by Wegner in 1952 they were an instant Classic. This pair...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Hans J. Wegner "Sawbuck" CH-29 Dining Chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four iconic “Sawbuck” CH-29 dining chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn in Denmark in 1952. This chair is defined by its A-shaped frame which can be seen fr...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans Wegner CH29 Sawbuck Dining Chairs Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark, 1952
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Amazing set of 6 iconic model CH29 dining chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark 1952. This design Classic is also called “Sawbuck chair” be...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Teak

Oak Sawbuck Lounge Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An oak 'Sawbuck' lounge chair having a generously proportioned Savak upholstered back and seat floating on an exposed architectural frame with cantilevered arm rests. Designed by Han...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Set of Eight Matching 'Sawbuck' Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, set of eight 'Sawbuck' CH29 chairs, oak, teak, Denmark, 1952. This set of eight chairs is designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen. This ch...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech

1950s Danish Sawbuck Chair by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An oak 'Sawbuck' dining/desk chair with a black leather seat.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Hans Wegner Sawbuck Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
A Danish oak and leather armchair. Designed by Hans Wegner Name - Sawbuck chair Model Number - CH-28 armchair was designed by Hans Wegner in 1951 and was one of the first fi...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Oak, Leather

Hans J. Wegner Set of Four Sawbuck Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dronten, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, set of four 'Sawbuck' CH29 chairs, teak, Denmark, 1952. This set of four chairs is designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen. This is the m...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Teak

Hans J. Wegner, Sawbuck Chair in Oak 1951 for Carl Hansen, Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen
Located in Munster, NRW
Hans J. Wegner - Sawbuck chair CH-28 1951 for Carl Hansen, Denmark. Amazing and early lounge chair model CH-28, or Sawbuck chair designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen, Denma...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Oak

Hans J. Wegner a Pair of Armchairs for Carl Hansen
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A pair of armchairs with frame of patinated oak. Seat and back upholstered with black leather. Model CH28. Executed by Carl Hansen & Søn, stamped by maker.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Set of 4 CH29 Sawbuck Dining Chairs by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Berkhamsted, GB
Excellent set of 4 oak and teak framed CH29 sawbuck dining chairs with new black leather upholstered seats. Designed by Hans Wegner in the 1950s and made by Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmar...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak, Teak

Danish Dining Room Set Hans J Wegner for Andreas Tuck CH29 Sawbuck AT-309 Table
By Andreas Tuck Møbelfabrik, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Wonderful Danish design dining room set by famous Danish design grandmaster: Hans J. Wegner for Andreas Tuck in the 1950s. The set consist of four Sawbuck chairs Model: CH29 and a cr...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair of Sawbuck Chairs, Model CH-28 by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Sawbuck chairs, model CH-28 by Hans Wegner. A pair of Sawbuck chairs produced by Carl Hansen & Son, made of oak and recently reupholstered in leather. Denmark, circa 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pair of Hans Wegner CH 28 Sawbuck Armchairs, Denmark
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
A pair of oak Hans Wegner CH-28 sawbuck armchairs with leather seats. Made by Carl Hansen and Son, Denmark. With the makers mark of the Carl Hansen craftsman who made the chairs. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Hans J. Wegner CH28 Sawbuck Lounge Chair, Denmark, circa 1950
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
CH28 Sawbuck lounge chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son – Denmark. Manufacturer: Carl Hansen and Son Designer: Hans J. Wegner Country: Denmark Model: CH-28 Sawbuck lo...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak, Teak

Hans J. Wegner CH-28 Sawbuck Chair, 1950s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Stockholm, SE
CH-28 sawbuck lounge chair designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Sons, 1950s. - New natural leather. - Teak and oak frame. - Global front door shipping USD 499.     ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Sawbuck Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A teak 'Sawbuck' dining or desk chair with a black leather seat.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Teak, Leather

Hans J. Wegner Sawbuck Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Set of six Sawbuck chairs with beech frame and laminated teak seat and back. Manufactured by Carl Hansen.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Teak

Hans J. Wegner, "Sawbuck", Set of six Chairs, Model CH-29
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
"Sawbuck". A set of six chairs with beech frame. Seat and back of laminated teak, seat with visible assenblings. Model CH-29. Manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs