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A Classic in the Making: The Story of the Papa Bear Series and its Impact on Mid-Century Danish Design

Hans J. Wegner’s Papa Bear Chair is one of the mid-century iconic furniture designs, comprising distinctive form and durable construction.

 

The series includes this wing chair, which was crafted in 1951 by the renowned designer Hans J. Wegner. Since their inception, this piece has become some of the most sought-after upholstered furniture items, with the series originally being dubbed the “AP-19”.

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However, it wasn’t long before the series received its permanent and affectionate names, the Papa Bear. This name originated from a critic who praised the armrests for their ability to provide a comforting embrace from behind, reminiscent of a bear hug.


The creative Danish designer was often inspired by nature and its abundance of organic shapes and forms. A great example is the Papa Bear Chair, which also follows the designer’s established principles of form and function.

Hans Jorgensen Wegner, (April 2, 1914″ January 26, 2007), was a world renowned Danish furniture designer. His high quality and thoughtful work, along with a concerted effort from several of his manufacturers, contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design.

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