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Hans Wegner - Acclaimed Scandinavian Designer

Jan 1, 2008
In 2007, the great furniture (möbler) designer Hans Wegner passed away. He entered this world in Tonger, Denmark, 93 years ago and over time became the most successful and noticed individual at the Danish Modern school of design. His beautiful and unobtrusive style is composed of clean and simple lines.

Hans Wegner started his career as a woodworker. Unfortunately, he was called to serve his country. He continued his training at a school that specialized in technical skills. Then he became a student at the Copenhagen Architectural Academy as well as the School of Arts and Crafts for additional training. Later, he studied with the masters Erik Moller and Arne Jacobsen.

Designing chairs as a work of art and a comfortable piece of furniture (möbler) was his area of expertise. He believed that a chair should look good from every angle. Also, he felt it should be viewed without a front or back but instead with one continuous movement around the chair. He liked his chairs to have a simplicity and sophistication, but used a variety of materials and shapes to design the pieces.

He extended his thoughts beyond the fundamental style. Among the chairs to arise were the "peacock" style as well as complementary tables and furniture (möbler). He experimented with the comfort of his own body to style a valet piece. After his children were of age, he and his daughter worked together and are credited with creating the pole light in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Hans J Wegner is best known for his chair designs and he made four chairs with woven style seats for Carl Hansen and Son. But the chair 25, also known as wegner ch 25 is one of his better designs which has rope weaving both in the seat and the back. The front legs carry most of the load and are very straight and the back legs are angled. This lounge chair is more stable than most other chairs of that type and is a very unique piece of furniture .

Chair number 25 was created in many types of wood and had a paper rope employed as the back and seat. Also, an intriguing aspect of the architectures involves the side of the seat, which involves an endless curved piece that emerges as the back legs. Many opinions state that chair number 25 closely resembles wicker furnishings and many times is grouped with it. However, this chair is superior to cheap wicker.

Wegner did not name his designs, preferring only to assign them catalogue numbers. One Wegner model, the PP203, gained international exposure when a television network purchase a dozen of them, and they were subsequently seen in the Kennedy-Nixon 1960 election debates. They chose the design because of its clean lines, and simple design, but the chairs are also quite comfortable.

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Chairs are what Hans J Wegner is best known for rather than the other home furnishings (hem möbler) he had designed, especially ch25 (or Chair 25) which was created in 1950. He designed four chairs with woven style seats for Carl Hansen and Son; however this was the only one with rope weaving in the seat and the back. It is also uniquely engineered with the back legs angled and the load bearing front legs being straight. This lounge chair is much more stable than other chairs of that type that have been constructed.
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Richard Guilfoyle is a connoisseur of fine Swedish furniture ( möbler ). You can get more info about the designers he appreciates most such as Hans Wegner at his website.
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