102 Eldridge St. New York City, NY 10002 , United States Call Seller 646.389.1733


Amazing Set of Six Werner West "Hugging Chairs"

$ 13,000
  • Description
    Beautiful works of functional Finnish design by the legendary Werner West. The "Hugging Chair" is an early example of the use of bent plywood, where the wooden back wraps the body and sits at just the right spot to rest your elbows, like a built-in armrest reminiscent of the Greek Klismos chair. Original dark stain on beech wood, with a forest green lacquered seat and inside back. There are many imperfections to these chairs, but in such a perfect way - the chips & fades, the nicks & scratches, are signs of an adventurous life. These were made for the ultra-chic restaurant Elite, Helsinki's most famous haven for artists, writers, and musicians.

    Refinishing is an option, but I really do love them just the way they are. More photos are available upon request. The proportions of this chair are just great, and being practical Finns the design allows for the chair to rest upon a table by the arms while you sweep the floor. The slight dimple in the seat makes them extra comfortable. Genius.

    Priced as a set of 6 - will sell as a 4-piece set upon request. Individual photos are available, please contact me for more details.

    Werner West (1890-1959) has been said to have created the foundation for Finnish industrial furniture design. In his time, he was the instructor and mentor to many young Finnish designers. West designed interiors for numerous public spaces such as the Parliament House, and the interior of the famous Helsinki restaurant Ravintola Elite. West was the head of Stockmann's drawing office, supporting craftsmanship and individuality in all his work.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Notes: well known design, made by Wilhelm Schaumans Fanerfabrik Ab
    Origin: Finland
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: solid beech, dark stain with green lacquer
    Condition: Fair. many fades and scratches, nicks and marks, chips in paint - this is a fantactic look, but can be refinished upon request.
    Creation Date: 1930s
    Number of Pieces: 6-7
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Bauhaus, Scandinavian Modern
    Dealer Reference #: PIA1
    Incollect Reference #: 632766
  • Dimensions
    W. 19 in; H. 28 in; D. 18 in;
    W. 48.26 cm; H. 71.12 cm; D. 45.72 cm;
    Seat H. 17.5 in;
    Seat H. 44.45 cm;
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