Furniture Designer- Hans Wegner

Hans Jørgen Wegner, (April 2, 1914 - January 26, 2007), was a successful Danish furniture designer who contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His work belongs to a modernist school with emphasis on functionality. He is probably best known for his chairs.
Wegner's chair designs were manufactured primarily by PP Møbler and Carl Hansen & Søn, and were largely free-standing. The "Peacock" chair from 1947, with a slatted back rest fanning out to evoke the bird's plume, was inspired by the traditional "Windsor" chair. His 1949 folding chair was made to be hung on the wall, and his "Shell" chair from the same year experimented with curving the wood in three dimensions to form the seat. 
The multi-purpose "Valet" chair, designed in 1953, had elements for hanging up or storing each piece of a man's suit. The backrest is carved to be used as a coat hanger, pants can be hung on a rail at the edge of the seat and everything else can be stowed in a storage space underneath the seat. 
In 1960 he came out with several variations on the "Ox" chair which came with or without horns, and showed the less serious side of Wegner's designs. "We must take care," he once said, "that everything doesn't get so dreadfully serious. We must play--but we must play seriously." In more recent years he has continued to design chairs and has also worked with lighting, such as the "Pole" lamp created in 1976 with his daughter Marianne. Wegner has stated that, "the chair does not exist. The good chair is a task one is never completely done with."


Chair List-
Peacock Chair (1947)
The Round Chair (1949)
Wishbone Chair (Y Chair) (1949)
Flag Halyard Chair (1950)
Swivel Chair (1955)
The Chair (1949)
Circle Chair (Hoop Chair) (1965–1986)
Papa Bear Chair (1951)
Chinese Chair, different variations (1944–1945)
The Ox Chair (1960)
The Wing Chair (1960)
Folding chairs (1962)
The Shell Chair (1963)
The Valet Chair (1943)



I first learned about Hans Wegner when I bought two knock off "Round" chairs at a flea market in Midtown for $50.  One eventually fell apart and I still have the other.  As with a lot of fakes I've never seen another exactly like it since.  We just bought a dining set of six chairs and a table that are definitely in Wegner "Wishbone"style.  I'd love to eventually get a Papa Bear and a Peacock.  His style is easy enough to pick out of the crowd that his work gets snapped up by in the know resellers pretty quick so you never see it around.


HANS WEGNER round chair




HANS WEGNER wishbone "y" chair




HANS WEGNER GE-270 GETAMA TEAK EASY CHAIRS




HANS WEGNER GE-260A GETAMA TEAK HIGHBACK LOUNGE CHAIR


HANS WEGNER TEAK Valet CHAIR



HANS WEGNER shell chair





HANS WEGNER PAPA folding CHAIR





HANS WEGNER ox CHAIR




HANS WEGNER papa Bear CHAIR & Ottoman




HANS WEGNER peacock chair




HANS WEGNER swivel CHAIR




HANS WEGNER hoop CHAIR



HANS WEGNER AT45 ANDREAS TUCK TEAK SERVING CART