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Airline Chair By Hans J. Wegner

May 30, 2008
Through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the Airline Chair buy Hans J. Wegner has been part of airports, public offices, hotels and private homes. It's a furniture design masterpiece.

Hans J. Wegner was a skilled designer in all facets and learned a lot through his early years as a carpenter, as he learned about the free use and movement of wood, which can be combined with many other types of materials to create something unique. He made many chairs and was part of many projects over his career-span, and he became noted for his particular technique of meshing stainless steel with wood and upholstery, which gave the many chairs he created a very modernistic look. He first designed the Airline Chair, otherwise known as the "ch401 Airline Chair" or "The Kastrup Chair" around 1958, and was aimed at becoming part of an ongoing design project.

Hans Wegner had been designing for a vast number of public places from the beginning of the 1960s all the way up to the 80s, such as public offices, international airports, hotels, but he still had a lot of private homes as well. He incorporated the Airline chair into part of the décor at most of these places, allowing everyone to grasp the image of the chair and remember it as an iconic piece. And although it was a designed in one format it appeared in many variations and formats, but stood holding true to the core design. Many of his other famous designs also made their way into part of these surroundings as well, the Hoop Chair and the China Chair.

Hans Wegner always kept one philosophy throughout his design process that he adhered to, and which is also within the design of the 'The Kastrup Chair" as well, "First and foremost a chair must be comfortable and it must be cared for by the finest craftsmen and not least a chair must also be shaped well." On that simple ideal he constructed a lot of seemingly perfect chairs that also seamed simple as well, but were far from it. The outline structure of the Airline Chair is rooted on a sightless frame made out of solid beech wood, which is then reinforced and added to the stainless steel chassis, and is then wrapped in upholstery, and secured in the proper design. Now there are many variations of the chair in many styles and patterns to go with any décor that suites the individual tastes, but the essential base design it always there, and is what makes it a Wegner original.

While he was alive Hans J. Wegner designed a lot of furniture for his exclusive manufacturers Johannes Hansen and Fritz Hansen, but this is one of his pieces that is exclusively made by Carl Hansen & Son in Denmark. It roughly a cost about $2675US for a single unit that is tailored to your liking and it is a price that many are willing to pay for a remarkable creation from an equally remarkable designer.
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