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Reupholstering a Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair

How Should I Reupholster These Hans Wegner Chairs?

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member vtskillz from the Assisted Living group:

I happen to be lucky enough to have inherited two Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chairs from my grandparents . . . funny part being I didn't even know what they were until about six months ago, but I have a huge sentimental attachment to them!

Unfortunately, they do need a bit of TLC, so I am looking to have them recovered. I would love some input on fabric choice! Right now they are in my sitting room, but I eventually want to have them in my master and guest rooms as reading chairs. So I'd like two different fabrics that work well together but would also be standouts on their own. Any suggestions?

Do you have any suggestions for vtskillz? Leave your thoughts in the comments! (Note: this is not vtskillz's Papa Bear chair — but if you want to buy this one you may do so here.)

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gustadora gustadora 5 years
What a treasure! I'd keep it simple and as close to the original fabric and mid-century aesthetic as possible. But that's just me.
Shereta Shereta 5 years
Sorry ....not Fritz Hansen ( I have egg chair on my brain). contact whoever manufactures this chairs dealer for info.
Shereta Shereta 5 years
This is an excellent inheritence. I was just at an exibit where this chair was featured and we were told that the chair in the exibit is worth 18,000 something about the upolstered fabric and how it was made. I think I would consult a Fritz Hansen Dealer near you to ask about fabrics so it can retain its value.
LiliesandBiscuits LiliesandBiscuits 5 years
I also love the second one! I like the first one too, I'm just not as much of a floral person. What about this? http://www.duralee.com/fabrics/product.php?pattern_id=8818&ubrands=&utypes=Upholstery&udesigns=&ucolors=Green&limit=23&total=962 It's not nearly as colorful, so you'd have to love green, but I love the pattern :) I also have no idea how much it is, so that might make a difference.
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
I love the second trellis pattern. It seems more fitting for the chairs' shape . . . I'm also a big fan of using an upholstery fabric with a beautiful texture and weight, but not necessarily much of a pattern, since that way the chairs will really stand the test of time. That said, I love all of the cool patterns that Spruce Home uses. Have you seen their work?
vtskillz vtskillz 5 years
Thanks! I've loved these chairs since I was little so to find out just how covetable they are was a huge surprise. I've made one visit so far to an upholsterer I'm interested in using and found these two options that are in my price range...feel free to give honest opinions! I'm going back next week to look further: http://www.duralee.com/fabrics/product.php?pattern_id=22174 and http://www.duralee.com/fabrics/product.php?pattern_id=22366
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
Oh, I am soooo jealous! Good for you. What wonderful hand-me-downs from your grandparents (and they certainly have great taste)!
retroinAL retroinAL 5 years
What a treasure! If you want to combine two different fabrics I would suggest either Japanese inspired prints in similar tones, but different scale prints or I would suggest a mid-century mod combination of frabrics-maybe in chartreuse and turquoise?
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