post 6 -post modern furniture Hans J Wegner

 Wegner’s design philosophy “continuous purification…to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat, and a combined top rail and armrest”

Hans J Wegner, (April 2, 1914 – January 26, 2007), was a world-renowned Danish furniture designer. His high quality and thoughtful work, contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish Design.  In his lifetime he designed over 500 different chairs, over 100 of which were put into mass production and many of which have become recognizable design icons still to today.

wegner_peacock Peacock Chair, 1947.

The Peacock chair was inspired by a traditional Windsor chair. Wegner exaggerated the arched back, creating a high backed, yet airy chair. The back spindles are flattened in the approximate area of a person’s shoulder blades, the visual result of which looks like  a Peacocks tail plumage.

Wegner decided to become a designer with the aim of producing and selling his furniture. Therefore, in 1936, he began studies at what is now The Danish Design School.

Even his earliest objects, like an armchair with sloping armrests like relaxed wrists (a 1937 design for an exhibit at the Museum of Decorative Arts), exhibited Wegner’s approach of “stripping the old chairs of their outer style and letting them appear in their pure construction.”

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Folding Arm Chair 1949-Dolpin

 oak , cane, brass sold for over $143,500

Wegner worked for some time for Arne Jacobson , a successful Danish architect and designer. After some years under Jacobsen, Wegner started his own company. Wenger retired from public life only in the last ten years of his life.

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 Shell Chair, 1963.

In 1938 Wegner had entered the Organic Home Furnishings competition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Wegner received several major design prizes, The Lunning prize and The Grand Prix of the Milan Triennial in 1951 .In 1959, he was made honorary Royal designer for industry by the Royal Society of Arts in London. His furniture is present in multiple international collection including the MOMA in N.Y. and the Die Neue Sampling in Munich.

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The Wishbone Chair 1949

Many of Wegner’s wooden chairs are characterized by traditional joinery techniques including mortise and tenons, finger joints, and sculpted elements such as armrests and seat supports. Wegner also utilized traditional construction for upholstered pieces, and often mixed materials such as solid wood, plywood, metal, upholstery, caning, and papercord.

503_oak_vegetal_front_300-1024x1024.jpg“The Chair”, 1949.

The Chair best represents Wegner’s design philosophy .

Many of Wegner’s wooden chairs are characterized by traditional joinery techniques including mortise and tenons, finger joints, and sculpted elements such as armrests and seat supports. Wegner also utilized traditional construction for upholstered pieces, and often mixed materials such as solid wood, plywood, metal, upholstery, caning, and papercord.9238386_fullsize.jpg

The Ox Chair ,modelEJ-100

sold for over $6000

The Ox Chair,1960. which came with or without horns, showed the less serious side of Wegner’s designs. Wagner favourite chair was his OX chair and he had one in his lounge room until he died .

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Circle Chair 1986

the Circle Chair was the last design by Hans J Wagner in 1986

Wegner said of his work “I have always wanted to make unexceptional things of an exceptionally high quality…”

http://artaurea.com/profiles/wegner-hans-j/

http://www.danishdesignstore.com/collections/designer-collections-hans-wegner

http://www.thedanishpioneer.com/news/across-oceans-across-time-ants-peacocks-arrive-seattle/

http://www.auktionstipset.se/a/hans-j-wegner-the-ox-chair-model-ej-100-med-tilhrende-skamme-7054/

http://ernsthinteriors.com/blog/shell-chair-by-hans-j-wegner-denmar

http://dd20century.tumblr.com/post/87789876790/hans-j-wegner-wishbone-chair-

1949http://ernsthinteriors.com/blog/the-chair-by-hans-j-wegner-denmark-design-1949/

http://www.pamono.com/circle-chair-by-hans-j-wegner

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