Wegner Teddy Bear Chairs...in real bear fur

Wegner Teddy Bear Chairs...in real bear fur

Feb 1, 2007

The post we are about to write reminds us of an assignment we received from our high school English teacher. Mr. Z asked us to write a response to a short article that had just appeared in the NYT about a new fashion trend: men in skirts. The thought was, this will elicit some strong opinions.

Local interior designer Joe Kish has updated Hans Wegner's beloved Teddy Bear Chair in the most literal of ways: by reupholstering vintage and new models in real bear fur.

Now let's get something straight: we're against the gratuitous use of animal skins, so this is not something we would ever want in our home -- but we do appreciate its tongue-in-cheekiness. We also had a good laugh at the series of promo photos Joe sent in, which you can see for youself, below.

The original Teddy Bear Chair looks and feels like a bear hug and is a design classic. Now, in 100 words or less, what's this?

Vintage Teddy Bear Chairs in black, brown or white bear fur go for $5,000 - $7,000; new pieces for $11,000, from Joe Kish.

(Hans J. Wegner was one of the greatest and most prolific furniture designers of the modern era, responsible for more than 1000 original designs. He recently passed away in his native Denmark at 92 years of age.)

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