Hans J. Wegner

Born 2 April 1914, Tønsberg, Denmark.

Artist Profile

Hans J. Wegner

Born 1914,Tønder, Denmark

Supporting modernism, craftsmanship, Nordic functionality with the unexpected influence of Chinese furniture, Hans J. Wegner designed more than 500 chairs during his lifetime, including: the Peacock Chair (1947); The Wishbone Chair (1949); The Round Chair (1949). He has also created remarkable tables (mainly by Andreas Tuck), desks, enfilades, storage furniture, etc.

Hans J. Wegner’s furniture is part of the permanent collections of the most respected international museums. He also won several awards such as the Grand Prix de la Triennale de Milan in 1950, the Lunning Prize in 1951, the Eckersberg Medal in 1955 and the 8th International Design Award in 1997.

1929

Creates his first chair at the age of 15

Wegner began his apprenticeship in cabinet making in 1929 with master firm H. F. Stahiberg

1935

At the age of 19, Wegner arrived in Copenhagen for military service and attended the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild’s annual exhibition. He realized that he had to make further progress before he could open his own workshop.

He then studied at the Danish Technological Intitute, then from 1936 to 1938 at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen where he befriended Borge Mogensen, another young student from Jutland

1938

Wegner debuts at cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition with a dining room set

He was then recruited by architects Arne Jacobsen and Eric Moller to create the furniture for the town hall in Aarhus

1949

American journalists began covering the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, which brought international notoriety to Wegner and Danish design. Wegner also began collaborating with Carl Hansen and Son, with whom he produced numerous chairs, including the famous CH24 Y chair.

Created in 1949 the chair JH501 (with Johannes Hansen), probably his masterpiece because it is not only scultural but also totally guided by its functional and in 1950 the CH24 Wishbone Y chair with Carl Hansen, influenced by Chinese furniture and arguably the most popular and best-selling furniture of Wegner

1949-2007

Hans Wegner created furniture all his life that became icons of design and he disappeared on January 26, 2007, leaving more than 3,500 drawings and models.

Over the course of his life, Wegner has produced more than 500 published furniture

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