Mid-century Hans Wegner Leather "Slipper" Chairs c.1950



An original pair of "Airport Slipper" chairs designed by Hans Wegner in 1958. Although, not specifically designed for airports, the chair thanks its name to the Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport, that was furnished with similar chairs. The chair is simplistic, yet strong in its design of black leather upholstery, metal base and metal details on the sides.

These chairs are a great example of Wegner's work in thin upholstery that is yet still highly comfortable and strong. Wegner proved that upholstered furniture did not have to be large and overstuffed. The chairs are finished with a metal label of the "Danish Furniture Control, which indicates that it is an early version of this model.

  • CREATOR: Hans Wegner, Manufacturer: Denmark Control.
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1950-1958.
  • CONDITION Good. Minor wear consistent with use and wear. Minor wear on the chrome. Minor wear on the leather. Small dent in the leather on the back of one chair. No breaks in the leather.
  • DIMENSIONS H 30.5 in. W 23.25 in. D 26 in. Seat height 15.5 in.


Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most prolific furniture designers of the world. Wegner was born in 1914 in Denmark and began his apprenticeship with Danish master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg when he was 14 years old. Afterwards, he moved to Copenhagen and attended the School of Arts and Crafts between 1936 and 1938. In 1938, he was approached by the architects and designers Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller. It was also during this period that he started to collaborate with cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen.

In 1943, he established his own studio, and he became one of the most renowned and creative Danish furniture designers. Wegner's furniture was designed with the greatest understanding of materials, construction techniques, and use. Wegner is known to have thorough understanding of the materials he worked with, yet his greatest aim was to create expressive and exciting design.


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