Hans Wegner is one of the masters of 20th-century Danish Modernism. More specifically, he was instrumental in developing a body of work known as organic functionalism. His early training included both carpentry and architecture; he worked for Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen designing furniture for the Århus Town Hall in the early 1940s before establishing his own furniture studio.
Over the years, Wegner perfected the design and production of his work although the entire process remained lengthy. The Danish King, Frederick IX, waited two years for a four-legged Valet Chair (later versions had three legs) while Wegner tested the prototype at home. It is so called because the hanger-shaped chair back is designed to keep a jacket wrinkle free, and the seat tilts up for use as a pants hanger revealing a box for cuff links, keys and watches.
With more than 500 different chair designs Wegner is the most prolific Danish designer to date. His international breakthrough and greatest sales success came in 1949 when he designed the Round chair. The American magazine Interiors featured the chair on the cover and referred to it as “the world’s most beautiful chair”. The chair rose to stardom when used in the televised presidential debates between Nixon and Kennedy in 1960 and has since been known simply as “The Chair”.
Eras: 1900s / 20th century
Styles: Mid-Century, Scandinavian Style.
Materials: Cover, Wood, Leather, Teak
Condition: Excellent Condition
Different colors are available:
Dark Brown, Light Brown, Wood color