Happy 100th birthday to Danish Modernism furniture design master Hans Wegner.
In his lifetime he designed over 500 chairs, some were in wider production than others, but all still in high demand today. His design aesthetic is described as "Organic Functionality"- taking inspiration from nature and how our bodies are cradled within curves. There are still echos of traditional furniture design such as the sweeping back and spindles of traditional Windsor chairs in his Peacock Chair. But like the Valet Chair, his takes on the traditional were stripped down to their most sleek and organic form- devoid of ornate carving and ornamentation.
However, Wegner often incorporated Danish Cord and Cane Binding to add natural texture and cushioning to seats and furniture panels. Danish Modern weaving innovations also echoed traditional weaving, but added more modern and sleek lines and material. Wegner's Wishbone chair, for example, utilizes the traditional rushing weave around 4 rungs, but modernizes the pattern with perfectly produced Danish Cord and some extra wrapping of the rungs and passes through openings in the structure.. Working on Wegner chairs is a real treat. There is no mistaking the quality of the workmanship in both the wooden structure and the innovations in the weaving pattern and design to perfectly and harmoniously fit the chair.
“A chair is to have no backside. It should be beautiful from all angles.” —Hans Wegner
Wegner pieces still in production today
Licensed Wegner designs are still in production today. Imitations on his designs are out there, but there is noting like the original.
Danish Design Store
Design Within Reach
1st Dibs - for original production pieces
And Santa, if you are listening, I'd sure like a pair of model CH27 chairs under my Christmas tree!
E Emza Uphill