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Rare Hans J. Wegner Lounge Set with Rare Four-Seat Bench

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Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, FH 1935-1934 sofa bench and two 'FH 1936' lounge chairs, walnut and beech, Denmark, design 1948, manufactured, circa 1950. This living room set consists of two 'FH 1936' lounge chairs a rare and largest version ever made of the FH 1935 sofa bench by Hans Wegner. These pieces are one of the results of Wegner's efforts in designing furniture with plywood shells. Wegner realized that molded plywood would become the furniture material of the future and thus he designed numerous variations of the 'Shell Chair'. The more common '1935' bench is executed as a two-seater, but Wegner doubled the size of this specific model that he designed on special request in 1948. The GE1935 sofa and GE1936 easy chair were created for a design competition arranged by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1948. The pieces didn't win the competition, but received attention of the international press. The collection was produced by Fritz Hansen for only two years, and this specific four-seat model is one of its rarest models. The sofa and chairs are finished with checkered cushions for the seat and back that can be removed as well.   Provenance: Available upon request. Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most prolific furniture designers of the world. Wegner's furniture was designed with the greatest understanding of materials, construction techniques, and use. Wegner is known to be an excellent cabinet maker with thorough understanding of the materials he worked with, yet his greatest aim was to create expressive and exciting design. Although Wegner was a functionalist, he was not a rational dogmatist such as Kaare Klint, of whom he was a student. Instead, his designs sparkle with inventiveness and sculptural sense. But this never meant that his organic and sensuous forms left the strict rules of functionalism. At heart, Wegner was an idealist. He was relentless in his quest for the best chair: 'there is never one damn thing that cannot be made better'. But Wegner was aware of the fact that you cannot design the 'perfect' chair, which gave him the freedom to produce as much as possible. He left behind more than 3500 drawings and about 500 of his designs went into production. His designs feature in the UN Building and Seagram Building in New York, UNESCO's headquarters. NATO's headquarters in Paris, and several buildings by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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  • Dimensions
    H 27.56 in. x W 87.41 in. x D 27.17 in.H 70 cm x W 222 cm x D 69 cm
  • Seat Height
    14.97 in. (38 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    45011467 45011468
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Reference Number
    LU933116351232
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About Hans J. Wegner (Designer)

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — Hans 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 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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4.7 / 5

Established in 2007, this seller has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the f...

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