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PP19 Papa Bear Chair

c. 1951

by Hans J. Wegner
for PP Mobler

PP19 Papa Bear Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  PP Mobler

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The PP19 Papa Bear Chair, a creation by Hans J. Wegner for PP Mobler, has mesmer­ized design enthu­si­asts since its incep­tion in 1953. Skilled arti­sans at PP Møbler metic­u­lously hand­craft this iconic furni­ture piece. Each chair under­goes a metic­u­lous process span­ning over two weeks, where every detail is care­fully attended to, ensur­ing perfec­tion in every aspect.

From its over­sized arms, remi­nis­cent of friendly paws, to the luxu­ri­ous uphol­stery and wood frame, the PP19 Papa Bear Chair exudes an irre­sistible charm. Wegn­er’s profound rever­ence for mate­ri­als and his signa­ture restraint in design is evident, result­ing in a time­less master­piece that seam­lessly blends comfort and sophis­ti­ca­tion. With each passing day, the chair’s wood frame and supple uphol­stery only become more invit­ing and comfort­able, enhanc­ing its allure as it ages gracefully.

The PP19 Papa Bear Chair’s excep­tional quality and crafts­man­ship make it the epitome of luxury for any discern­ing inte­rior. With its endur­ing appeal, this chair is a state­ment piece and a trea­sured heir­loom that future gener­a­tions will cherish.


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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