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CH78 Mama Bear Chair

c. 1954

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH78 Mama Bear Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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The CH78 Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner, affec­tion­ately known as the Mama Bear Chair, was initially intro­duced in 1954. The extended lounge chair was crafted as an anti­dote to the heavier lounge chairs of the time. The Mama Bear chair is defined by a series of soft, invit­ing curves offer­ing up a warm embrace. 

To cele­brate the coming of Spring, Carl Hansen & Søn rein­tro­duces the iconic design in sump­tu­ous butter­cream uphol­stery. Halling­dal 100 is a luxu­ri­ous, soft white wool-blend fabric with a rich texture and supreme dura­bil­ity. Set against shape-defin­ing legs and armrests in solid FSC™-certified wood, it beau­ti­fully comple­ments the support­ive, sculp­tural curves of the chair and works in any space. 

The CH78 Lounge Chair in Halling­dal 100 may be paired with either white-oiled oak or oiled walnut wood.


Hans J. Wegner

Denmark (1914–2007)

If Danish modernism is best known and beloved for the use of traditional techniques to emphasize materiality—graceful curves honoring the grain of fine walnut, for example—that’s thanks in large part to Hans J. Wegner. Born in southern Denmark, at 14 Wegner began an apprenticeship with Danish master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg, where he honed a preternatural talent and learned skills he’d bring to bear throughout a career lasting some eighty years and full of design masterpieces.

While studying at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, Wegner worked for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller on a range of furniture for the Aarhus City Hall. Four years after graduation, he had showcased a chair at the Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry, and opened his own firm. Sculptural, surprisingly comfortable seating became Wegner’s trademark: for Fritz Hansen, the floating Chinese chairs; for Carl Hansen & Sons, he designed the instant classic Wishbone, Shell, and Elbow chairs; for PP Møbler, the cozy Papa Bear, iconic Round, and buoyant Circle chairs; and countless others, most still in production.

Wegner retired in 1993 and died fourteen years later, but his work lives on in its ubiquity across residential, hospitality, and corporate design—not to mention the Museum Sønderjylland’s permanent exhibition of the three dozen chairs he felt were his very best in a water tour in his hometown of Tønder.

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