PP19 Papa Bear Chair
for PP Møbler
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.
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Hans J. Wegner
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.