Design Legend: Hans Wegner

Hans J Wegner trained as a cabinet-maker before attending the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts, where he later lectured from 1946 to 1953. From 1938 to 1942, he worked as a furniture designer in Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller´s architectural practice. In 1943, he set up his own office in Gentofte and collaborated with Borge Mogensen in the design of an apartment shown at the 1946 Cabinetmakers´ Exhibition in Copenhagen. Throughout his long career, he has designed furniture extensively for Johannes Hansen and Fritz Hansen. The Royal Society of Arts, London made him an Honorary Royal Designers for Industry in 1959.

“Many foreigners have asked me how we made the Danish style. And I’ve answered that it…was rather a continuous process of purification,
and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat and combined top rail and arm rest.”
– Hans Wegner

Furniture Characteristic:

  • Minimalist Design.
  • Sculptural.
  • Adapted Chairs to Accentuate Pure Construction.

Wegner’s three legged chair utilizes all his main characteristics. It is about as simple as a chair can get. The Adaptation though simple has added a fourth leg and is constructed using metals. The arched back and slightly angled rear legs are where Wegner’s inspiration is most evident.

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