Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair, Kvadrat Hallingdal Upholstery with Matching Footstool
- The Designer
- The Maker
Four natural materials constitute the comfortable upholstery: cotton fibre, palm fibre, flax fibre and horsehair. And of course metal springs, providing sensitive support for the back. With this kind of genuine upholstery you will have a chair that will wear in rather than wear out. This chair will be softer and even more comfortable with the use that is applied to it.
Initiating production of the frames in 1953, the Papa Bear Chair was the first Hans J. Wegner design to be produced at PP Møbler, and it marked the beginning of a life-long passionate collaboration involving generations of craftsmen and countless hours of work in the workshop developing prototypes and production techniques for numerous Wegner models. And yet the Papa Bear Chair remains the most exclusive piece of them all.
- Brand:PP Møbler of Denmark
- Country: Made in Denmark
- SKU: PP-PP19-PP120-FJ-Legs & Paws - Soap-Treated Ash
- Material: Upholstery: Kvadrat - Hallingdal, Legs / Paws: Oak, Ash,Cherry, Walnut or Teak, Chair: Solid Beech, Cotton Fiber, Palm Fiber, Flax Fiber, Horsehair, Metal Springs
- Care:Care instructions included
- Designer:Hans J. Wegner
- Dimensions:Chair: (WxHxD) 35.4" x 39.75" x 37.4". Footstool: (WxHxD) 25.6" x 17" x 15.75"
Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder in Southern Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he completed his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker in the workshop of H. F. Stahlberg where his first designs saw the light of day. At the age of twenty he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to attend the School of Arts and Crafts, where he studied from 1936-1938 before embarking on a career as an architect.
In 1940, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller and began designing furniture for the new City Hall in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city. This was also the year when Wegner began working with master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, who played a major role in introducing modern design to the Danish public.
Hans J. Wegner opened his own drawing office in 1943. In 1944, he designed the first China Chair in a series inspired by Chinese chairs from the Ming dynasty. One of these chairs, the Wishbone Chair, designed in 1949 and produced by Carl Hansen & Søn since 1950, went on to become Wegner's most successful design of all time.
Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive Danish furniture designers of all time. He has received several accolades given to designers, including the Lunning Prize in 1951 and The 8th International Design Award in 1997.
He became an honorary member of the Royal Danish Academy for the Fine Arts in 1995, and an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art in 1997. Almost all of the world's major design museums, from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, feature his furniture in their collections. Hans J. Wegner died in Denmark in January 2007 - at the age of 92.
PP Møbler was founded on April 2, 1953 by brothers Lars Peder and Ejnar Pedersen in Allerød, a small town north of Copenhagen. The company has evolved through three generations of master cabinetmakers into one of the world's most important and highly skilled workshops. Each day artisans use advanced traditional techniques as well as cutting edge technology to make some of the most exceptionally demanding and yet beautifully resolved furniture ever designed.
The first generation was a strong team. Lars Peder Pedersen was a man of the workshop with extraordinary skills. His leadership and enthusiasm created an atmosphere that inspired his craftsmen to achieve the high standards which gained the Company a reputation for outstanding quality. Ejnar Pedersen was more of a creative thinker with a strong network to architects and designers. His frequent experiments and making of prototypes led to the close friendship and collaboration with Hans J. Wegner that has become the cornerstone of the development of this brand.
All designs are made to order and the PP Møbler ambition is to create furniture that will be enjoyed and treasured for generations.