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Hans Wegner

hans wegner

With his love of natural materials and his deep understanding of the need for furniture to be functional as well as beautiful, Hans J. Wegner (1914–) made mid-century Danish design popular on an international scale. He began his career as a cabinetmaker in 1931 and subsequently entered the Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts. After receiving his architectural degree in 1938, he worked as a designer in Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller’s architectural office before establishing his own office in 1943.

With more than 500 different chair designs Wegner is the most prolific Danish designer to date. His international breakthrough and greatest sales success came in 1949 when he designed the Round chair. The American magazine Interiors featured the chair on the cover and referred to it as “the world’s most beautiful chair”. The chair rose to stardom when used in the televised presidential debates between Nixon and Kennedy in 1960 and has since been known simply as “The Chair”.

The real beauty of Wegner’s genius must be seen in context with his collaboration with master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. The attitude with which Johannes Hansen accepted the young designer’s ideas was the perfect combination between designer and craftsman. Their collaboration went on for many years, and they presented their work at the Cabinetmaker’s show every year from 1941–1966.

Wegner’s design went on to win worldwide recognition through the 1950’s and 1960’s and his furniture, in particular his chairs, are to be found in the permanent collections of the world’s most prestigious museums.

(1stdibs & danish-furniture.com)

permalink TODDLER SIZE - Harry Bertoia for Knoll c. 1953. Child’s side chair. Original design classic. A fluid, sculptural form made from a moulded lattice work of welded steel. In Bertoia’s own words, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.” Rubber-coated white metal seat/back and black metal vinyl legs. In good vintage condition, there is slight wear to white enamel seat, which shows it is original and adds to its charm. This design classic is a rare find in children’s sizes in the UK and is featured in New York’s Brooklyn Museum furniture collection. (via molly meg | welcome to molly meg)

TODDLER SIZE - Harry Bertoia for Knoll c. 1953. Child’s side chair. Original design classic. A fluid, sculptural form made from a moulded lattice work of welded steel. In Bertoia’s own words, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.” Rubber-coated white metal seat/back and black metal vinyl legs. In good vintage condition, there is slight wear to white enamel seat, which shows it is original and adds to its charm. This design classic is a rare find in children’s sizes in the UK and is featured in New York’s Brooklyn Museum furniture collection. (via molly meg | welcome to molly meg)

permalink veronicalovesarchie:

another day, another temptation to paint my floorboards white. which i will probably never do cos i’m too much of a scaredy cat…
thebrickhouse:

CABIN

veronicalovesarchie:

another day, another temptation to paint my floorboards white. which i will probably never do cos i’m too much of a scaredy cat…

thebrickhouse:

CABIN

permalink badgurl:

Room 606:: Arne Jacobsen’s Royal Hotel -Copenhagen (via The Sunday Times Market)

badgurl:

Room 606:: Arne Jacobsen’s Royal Hotel -Copenhagen (via The Sunday Times Market)

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pinkjetpack:

karenh:

Love these. The book I have in my collection is more geometric but I believe it is within the same period:

slightlyin:

1950 ~ 1960 patterned book covers from Sweden