Design Icon Hans Wegner is of course not to be missed in my Design Icons series. He was the driving force behind the “Danish Modern” movement and helped change the general public view of furniture during the 1950’s and 60’s. During his lifetime he designed more than 500 chairs, which earned him the title “Master of the Chair”. A few of his most well-known designs are, amongst others, the Wishbone Chair, the Bear Chair and the Ox Chair.
Born in 1914 in the southern part of Denmark, he completed his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker at age 17. At age 20 Wegner moved to Copenhagen to study at the School of Arts and Crafts, which he finished 1938. Two years later he joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller who were designing and building the new town hall in Aarhus at the time (Denmark’s second largest city). Wegner was commissioned to design the furniture for this building. In 1943 Wegner started his own studio specialising in furniture design.
One of his first designs was the China Chair, part of a series of chairs inspired by the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Another famous design in this serie is the Wishbone Chair. In 1949 Hans Wegner started a collaboration with Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen and Son. This company has produced most of Wegner’s designs up until today.
But what made Wegner’s designs so outstanding? According to Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen and Son: “Design Icon Hans Wegner highly valued simplicity and comfort and he is recognized for providing minimalism with an organic and natural softness. His designs are characterized by functionality, aesthetics, and high quality—often in an exquisitely simple design that is easy to relate to and without unnecessary details. The fact that Wegner was a cabinetmaker first and a designer second makes him a unique furniture designer—a master of detail who flawlessly merges craftsmanship with exquisite design.”
Well, I don’t think I can add anything more to those words about Design Icon Hans Wegner, but I hope these images will 🙂
CH24 Wishbone Chair by Carl Hansen – $599.00
CH07 Lounge Chair by Carl Hansen – $2,695.00
CH445 Wing Lounge Chair by Carl Hansen – $5,960.00
CH33 Chair by Carl Hansen – $825.00
CH20 Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen – $850.00
CH008 Coffee Table by Carl Hansen – $1,615.00
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