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Ch78 Mama Bear Chair

by Hans Wegner, from Carl Hansen & Son

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ch78 mama bear chair

Design Hans Wegner, 1954
Solid beech frame, upholstery, solid wood legs & arms
Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son

The creative and innovative mind of the legendary furniture designer Hans J. Wegner conceived the CH78 Mama Bear Chair in 1954. An antidote to the often-heavy lounge chairs of his time, Mama Bear's sculptural silhouette is defined by a series of inviting curves that offer up a warm embrace. The iconic design is now reissued by Carl Hansen & Son, as a tribute to the man often referred to as the master of the chair.

A lesson in form and function, craftsmanship and courage, the CH78 Lounge Chair, affectionately known as the Mama Bear Chair, balances soft, supportive curves with dynamic geometric shapes. Frame, armrests, and legs are crafted for stability from solid FSC™-certified wood and offered in a range of beautiful upholstery. An optional headrest in leather or corresponding fabric, the result is a sculptural piece of functional design that is equally at home in a living room as it is in a hotel lobby.

Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative, innovative and prolific. Often referred to as the master of the chair, Wegner created almost 500 chairs in his lifetime - many of them considered masterpieces. The core of Wegner's legacy is his focus on bringing the inner workings - the soul - of the furniture to the exterior, where the simplicity and functionality can be appreciated.

41.7" h | 33.1" w | 31.5" d | seat: 15.7" h

$4,725.00 + free shipping
(Please allow 8-12 weeks for this product to be created, shipped and delivered)


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Hans Wegner

Hans Wegner

Hans Jørgensen Wegner’s (1914 - 2007) high-quality and thoughtful work contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His style is often described as Organic Functionality, a modernist school with emphasis on functionality, arising primarily in Scandinavian countries. In his lifetime, he designed over 500 different chairs, over 100 of which were put into mass production, with many recognizable icons among them. Born to cobbler Peter M. Wegner, he worked as a child apprentice to Master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg. With an affinity for wood, he attended the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and the Architectural Academy in Copenhagen. In 1936, he began studies at what is now The Danish Design School, with O. Mølgaard Nielsen as teacher.
Carl Hansen & Son Furniture, Denmark
A workshop in Odense, Denmark in 1908, was the birthplace of the Carl Hansen company. With a fast reputation for quality work, Carl Hansen confidently took on large projects like dining room sets and bedroom suites. However, Hansen eventually learned to capitalize on scaled-back versions of his popular sellers, realizing that their strongest asset was its hand craftsmanship and rationality. Carl Hansen invited Hans Wegner to create designs in 1949, launching a mutually beneficial relationship bringing success to the company and exposure to the young Wegner. Wegner was still relatively unknown, but soon gained wide acclaim that continues to today.



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