[Denmark] The Famous Craftsman Hans J. Wegner And His Wooden Chair Design And Production

- Jan 22, 2021-


    HANS J. WEGNER (1914-2007)

    Hans J. Wegner has devoted his life to creation. He has created more than 2500 design drawings and nearly 1000 furniture sketches, and more than 1000 design works. He is one of the best furniture designers in the history of design and the most creative. Bit. His design works are described as "eternal", "immortal", "perfectly expand the possibilities of design", "freely surpass all trends", and reach the richest realm.


    There are many reasons for the extraordinary quality of Hans J. Wegner's work. Perhaps the most important thing is that he upholds the spirit of craftsman and performs his profession with a pragmatic attitude. He always evaluates actual needs during the design process, sets up some strict specifications, and gives supervision and guidance during the shaping process-carefully considering all possibilities.



   These rules may not allow unlimited free inspiration, but it must have a creative interactive relationship between the possibility of breaking through the material and the specifications of the process design. Just like Hans J. Wegner mentioned by Henrik Most in his article: Its greatest freedom comes from the most stringent requirements. When it comes to materials and creativity, Hans J. Wegner surpasses most of his peers.


    The Round One (Hans J. Wegner refers to it in his usual modest way) is the most famous piece of Danish furniture and interprets Denmark in the most remarkable and unique way. The work itself combines the essence of traditional Danish craftsmanship and design concepts in a modest and simple method. This work is definitely Hans J. Wegner's most important work.


    After the cushion version of The Round Chair was exhibited in 1950, Interior, the American magazine for interior design and architecture, noticed this work and called it the most beautiful chair in the world. Facts have proved that it finally became a breakthrough for Danish design to enter the international market. But Hans J. Wegner disagrees with his creations-they should have reached this state hundreds of years ago, which is not creative-he said this on many occasions, what he was referring to This work is basically a traditional structure.



    When John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon were at the first televised presidential debate in American history in 1960, they sat on the work The Round Chair. This work was chosen as the presidential seat mainly because of its comfort and true quality." The process of production in Denmark and delivery to the United States played an important role in this historical event. In the end, the Americans This work came up with a new and more convincing name, and they called it "The Chair".




   "The chair designed in 1949 has a different spirit. It is not like an ordinary chair that exudes the breath of every day in the home space. It is such a special chair because it can exist independently and peacefully. , Oak and rattan coexist. The world is open, but this chair conquered her and became a rich and simple chair. It is rich because it presents delicate lines, and it also makes oak and rattan two materials It can reflect each other. It is simple because it is rigorous, concise and neat, without exaggeration at all."



    (PP503 was designed in 1950. The difference between it and PP 501 is the use of soft cushions in the seat. PP Mobler has continuously improved The Chair in many ways so that it can have a longer life).



    pp503 | THE CHAIR

   The chair used by John F. Kennedy and President Nixon in the election debates of the 1960s was the PP503.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen chose PP503 as the interview chair when he was interviewed by a TV interview on the summit where the European Union is pushing its influence to Eastern Europe.



US President Obama and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended an anti-nuclear weapon agreement. This bilateral meeting was held at the Bella   Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 18, 2009, along with the 12-day UN Climate Summit.



     Hans J. Wegners' work "The Chair" is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, USA. MOMA got this chair in 1953 as a gift from Georg Jensen Company.