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Set of 4 Wiesner-Hager chairs made in Austria in the 1970s

Set of 4 Wiesner-Hager chairs made in Austria in the 1970s

Set of 4 Wiesner-Hager chairs made in Austria in the 1970s

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Very well preserved set of 4 Wiesner Hager chairs made in Austria in the 1970s. Plywood with cherry wood veneer and a tubular steel cantileverd structure. They have the original fabric upholstery. The chairs have an ergonomic shape, featuring organic, curved lines, but an overall industrial design look, being that kind of furniture items that are as much about function as style.

Wiesner-Hager was founded by Josef Wiesner as a carpentry business in 1849. In the year 1921 Rudolf Wiesner and Sebastian Hager took over their father’s business, which was at that time purely a carpentry and construction company. With the restructuring of part of the construction business into a furniture manufacture the two lay the cornerstone for a second branch of the business. Now, due to major changes in the working world and the enormous upheavals in the office and properties branch, the furniture offering has been expanded since the noughties to include the services of office consulting and interior design: Concept orientation has become a key success factor. With an export quota of 50% Wiesner-Hager is currently one of the most renowned companies in the furniture branch in Europe.

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Maker

Design Period

1950-1959

Country of Origin

Condition

Very Good. This vintage item has no defects, but it may show slight traces of use

Restoration, Damages

Minor wear consistent with age and use, Original Upholstery

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Weight

Standard weight (between 15 kg and 40 kg)

Dimensions

85,5 x 41 x 44,5 cm (H x W x D) each, Seat height = 46cm

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About Mid-Century

Wiesner-Hager was founded by Josef Wiesner as a carpentry business in 1849. In the year 1921 Rudolf Wiesner and Sebastian Hager took over their father’s business, which was at that time purely a carpentry and construction company. With the restructuring of part of the construction business into a furniture manufacture the two lay the cornerstone for a second branch of the business.

In the beginning the focus was on simple armchairs and collapsible garden furniture. Special productions, such as complete bedrooms or living rooms, were manufactured in the furniture plant.

An initial highlight in Wiesner-Hager history was the export of garden furniture to England in the 1920s. All told the furniture delivered garnered a total revenue of over 300,000 Schillings – an unbelievable figure for a company of this size at the time. The furniture could also be found as deck chairs on passenger ships and in the English colonies, above all in India.

At the beginning of World War II profits were initially still being made by supplying to the armed forces. From 1939 the situation worsened from year to year, due to an increasing shortage of materials and manpower. It was largely women, who held the company aloft between 1940 and 1945, until the end of the war when it was definitively closed for a few months.

Despite all of the adversities of the post war years a significant production volume of 129,000 units was already achieved in the year 1946 (in part armchairs, the percentage of tables was still rather low). In subsequent years it was possible to time and again further increase the output: In the year 1950, the 200,000 limit was transcended and five years later, in 1955, 600 employees were already producing over 400,000 units per year.

Although growth in the 60s had slowed down compared to the reconstruction years Wiesner-Hager was able to continue its success: Every year the Altheim production site was producing over 500,000 units and in the mid 1960s the company was one of Europe’s three largest seating furniture producers. No. 1 in Austria!

However, Wiesner-Hager is not only distinguished by major prestigious projects – such as Brucknerhaus Linz in 1973 – but also by the development of new products. Between 1974 and 1977 Altheim brought home the “Armchair of the Year”, the State award for furniture, a total of three times. In addition to quality, product design frequently played an increasingly more important role.

The impacts of the second oil crisis of 1979 lead to a stagnation of the Austrian economy and also initiated a difficult phase of downswing and consolidation for Wiesner-Hager. The generalist strategy of the 60s and 70s had reached its Limits.

Now, due to major changes in the working world and the enormous upheavals in the office and properties branch, the furniture offering has been expanded since the noughties to include the services of office consulting and interior design: Concept orientation has become a key success factor. With an export quota of 50% Wiesner-Hager is currently one of the most renowned companies in the furniture branch in Europe.

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