Hans J. Wegner 1914–2007

Hans J. Wegner was born in Tønder, Denmark in 1914. As a teenager, Wegner apprenticed with master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg before enrolling at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in 1936. In 1940, Wegner teamed with Arne Jacobson and Erik Møller to design furniture for the newly built City Hall building in Aarhus, Denmark. In 1943, Wegner opened his own drafting studio. Wegner insisted on the highest standard of craftsmanship for his furniture, and his chairs often feature traditional mortise and tenon joints and unique materials such as paper cord.

Wegner’s famed China series (inspired by the imperial Chinese chairs from the Ming dynasty) was designed in 1949. That same year he introduce what is probably his most iconic seating design, The Chair at the Cabinetmakers Guild exhibition in Copenhagen. In 1951, his chairs were featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s famous Good Design exhibit. His chairs reached a national audience in 1960 when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon sat in them during the televised presidential debate. In 1971, Wegner was awarded the Diploma di Collaborazione at the Milano Triennale. Wegner created his innovative three-legged stacking chair known as the PP58 in 1988. In 1992, he retired from his firm and his daughter Marianne took over his practice. Wegner died in 2007.

In 2014, the Design Museum of Denmark honored Wegner with a retrospective of his work. Wegner’s furniture designs are held in the collections across the globe and can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert in London, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, among many others.

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Upcoming Lots Hans J. Wegner

HANS J. WEGNER, Flag Halyard lounge chair | wright20.com

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Flag Halyard lounge chair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Shell chair | wright20.com

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Shell chair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Papa Bear chair with ottoman | wright20.com

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Papa Bear chair with ottoman

estimate: $10,000–15,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Lounge chair, model CH 25 | wright20.com

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Lounge chair, model CH 25

estimate: $3,000–5,000
HANS J. WEGNER, The Chair | wright20.com

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The Chair

estimate: $1,500–2,000
HANS J. WEGNER, The Chair | wright20.com

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The Chair

estimate: $1,500–2,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Dining table, model AT 312 | wright20.com

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Dining table, model AT 312

estimate: $1,000–1,500
HANS J. WEGNER, Rare wardrobe | wright20.com

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Rare wardrobe

estimate: $3,000–5,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Papa Bear ottoman | wright20.com

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Papa Bear ottoman

estimate: $1,000–1,500
HANS J. WEGNER, Dining chairs model CH 23, set of six | wright20.com

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Dining chairs model CH 23, set of six

estimate: $1,000–1,500
HANS J. WEGNER, Lounge chair, model AP 27/18 | wright20.com

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Lounge chair, model AP 27/18

estimate: $3,000–5,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Daybed, model GE 6 | wright20.com

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Daybed, model GE 6

estimate: $2,000–3,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Dining table, model AT 312 | wright20.com

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Dining table, model AT 312

estimate: $1,000–1,500
HANS J. WEGNER, Dining chairs model CH 33, set of four | wright20.com

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Dining chairs model CH 33, set of four

estimate: $2,000–3,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Cabinet, model RY 24 | wright20.com

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Cabinet, model RY 24

estimate: $3,000–5,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Cabinets model RY 31, pair | wright20.com

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Cabinets model RY 31, pair

estimate: $4,000–5,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Bed, model GE 705 | wright20.com

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Bed, model GE 705

estimate: $3,000–5,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Coffee table | wright20.com

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Coffee table

estimate: $1,000–1,500

Auction Results Hans J. Wegner

HANS J. WEGNER, rare Roman armchair | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

rare Roman armchair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $75,700
HANS J. WEGNER, chaise lounge | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

chaise lounge

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $70,800
HANS J. WEGNER, Cow Horn chairs, set of ten | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Cow Horn chairs, set of ten

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $62,400
HANS J. WEGNER, Swivel chair, model 50 | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Swivel chair, model 50

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $50,400
HANS J. WEGNER, Cow Horn chairs, set of eight | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Cow Horn chairs, set of eight

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $45,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Rare Dolphin lounge chair | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Rare Dolphin lounge chair

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $45,000
HANS J. WEGNER, folding chairs, pair | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

folding chairs, pair

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $40,000
HANS J. WEGNER, Pollestolen (Ox Chair) and ottoman, model 46 | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Pollestolen (Ox Chair) and ottoman, model 46

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $38,400
HANS J. WEGNER, desk | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

desk

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $35,000
HANS J. WEGNER, rare Bear chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

rare Bear chair and ottoman

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $35,000
HANS J. WEGNER, The Chairs, set of twelve | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

The Chairs, set of twelve

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,500
HANS J. WEGNER, The Chairs, set of ten | wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

The Chairs, set of ten

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $32,500