The mid 20th century furniture design genius that was Hans Wegner

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in Discover | No Comments
The mid 20th century furniture design genius that was Hans Wegner

Creativity surely must be an innate quality. How else can the son of a shoemaker grow up to become a commanding figure in mid 20th century furniture design? But hey, there’s more! Born in 1914 in Southern Denmark, Hans J. Wegner also spearheaded Danish Modern into the global arena through his style of work known as Organic Functionalism. For Wegner, minimalism was really an approach at taking a chair back to its purest form and lending modernism through functionality.

Hans Wegner with miniature Hans Wegner with miniature (Photo Credit - miniaturechairman.com)Photo Credit – miniaturechairman.com

Wegner’s foray in furniture design revolved mostly around chairs, having found his passion for chairs and fascination for wood during his apprenticing days. With over 500 chair designs to his credit, Wegner is hailed as a master chair-maker who changed the way the world looked at Danish Modern movement. Most notable among his works is the Hans Wegner Peacock Chair, which he designed at the height of his career in 1947. With spaciously placed spindles as the backrest held by an arched frame, the fanning feathers of a peacock are what will strike you the first thing you lay your eyes on this one.

Hans Wegner Peacock ChairHans Wegner Peacock Chair (Photo Credit - lodzdesign.com)

Photo Credit – lodzdesign.com

The 1951 Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair, another popular chair by the ace designer, could easily pass off as a couch potato’s delight. With a design that’s an instant invite to sink in its obvious coziness, this lounge chair with padded armrests and a yawning backrest is quite a hit among the style conscious.

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chairs

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chairs (Photo Credit - chictip.com)

Photo Credit – chictip.com

But one of the most iconic designs by Wegner during his illustrious career was really one with just three legs. The Hans Wegner Three Legged Shell Chair that he designed in 1963 is all grace and durability meshed with a touch of undeniable simplicity.

Hans Wegner Three Legged Shell Chair

  • Hans Wegner Three Legged Shell Chair (Photo Credit - style-files.com)
  • Hans Wegner Three Legged Shell Chair (Photo Credit - archiexpo.com)

Photo Credit – style-files.com,archiexpo.com

The 60s and a chair so chic? Man must have been a genius. Yeah well, you’re not the only one with that reaction. Why not just watch this video to learn a bit about how this baby is constructed?

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