- HANS J. WEGNER / PAPA BEAR CHAIR AP19
Product number: VT042
Designer name: Hans J Wegner
Manufacturer name: AP Stolen
Year of design: 1951
Production number: AP19
Needless to say, Wegner's masterpiece chair AP19, commonly known as "Papa Bear Chair".
It is a unique and special easy chair that is comfortable to sit on and accepts any posture regardless of the physique of the person sitting.
Currently, a reprint is being produced by PP Mobler, but this is a vintage item made by AP Stolen that was produced only for a short period of time from 1951 to 1977.
The arms that protrude forward and the high-backed backrest give it a presence, and the best sitting comfort can be said to be a masterpiece among Wegner's works.
Wegner designed more than 500 kinds of chairs in his lifetime, but this Papa Bear is Wegner's own favorite.
It seems that he brought Papa Bear to the nursing home where he spent his later years and used it habitually. The last chair I chose was Papa Bear.
This product has been reupholstered in Denmark in October 2022 with "Hallingdal 65/153" by "kvadrat".
The Hallingdal series is a highly durable furniture fabric designed and created by furniture and textile designer Nanna Ditzel in 1965. Hallingdal 65 is made of wool and viscose. Wool, which is durable and flexible, and viscose, which adds brightness and depth to the color, complement each other well. Yarn dyeing both materials before spinning gives the fabric a rich texture.
Hans.J. Wegner (Denmark, 1914-2007) / About Hans J. Wegner
Wegner was born in 1914 in Tuner, a town on the Danish-German border to a shoemaker. Furniture craftsman HF Stalberg studied furniture under him and obtained a cabinet craftsman's license at the age of 17. Three years later he moved to Copenhagen, where he attended a craft school from 1936 to 1938 before beginning his career as a designer. In 1940, Wegner participated in the architectural project of Arne Jacobsen and Eric Muller for the Aarhus City Hall, and is also known for designing the furniture to be installed there. This year also saw the start of collaboration with Johannes Hansen, a furniture workshop that has made great contributions to the world of Danish design.
One of the most creative and original designers in the Danish design world, Wegner is known as the master of chairs, having designed more than 500 chairs. And many of them are now internationally acclaimed as masterpieces.
Wegner, who was often asked by people outside of Denmark, ``How was that unique style called Danish Modern created?'' I think it was made by.For me, it's a work to make it simpler.The four legs, the seat surface, the back, the arms, and the frame that connects them are all necessary and wasteful. It's about stripping away the elements." In pursuit of simple beauty and functionality, he reveals the core of the furniture, what can be called the essence of the furniture. This can be said to be Wegner's greatest achievement.