Hans Wegner, the midcentury Danish design master, never saw quality and quantity as mutually exclusive – the innovator of organic functionalism designed more than 400 chairs in his lifetime, many of which are heralded as design icons. His CH33 Dining Chair (1957) was in production until 1967 and, until now, has lived on only in auction houses internationally. Its warmth, simplicity and elegance make it an easeful complement to many different style interiors, inspiring Carl Hansen & Søn to bring it back into production in 2012. “This chair was conceived 55 years ago, and is just as relevant now as it was then,” says Knud Erik Hansen, third-generation owner of Carl Hansen & Søn. “Aside from its design features, the chair’s construction and the craftsmanship that goes into making it assure its appeal for generations to come.” Made in Denmark.
Hans Wegner stands among designers Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Poul Kjærholm and Verner Panton as a master of 20th-century Danish Modernism. More specifically, he was instrumental in developing a body of work known as organic functionalism. His early training included both carpentry and architecture; he worked for Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen designing furniture for the Århus Town Hall in the early 1940s before establishing his own furniture studio.
Until the 1960s, Wegner typically collaborated with cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen to realize his designs, most notably gracefully tapered and curved solid wood chairs, often composites of wood and woven rattan or leather. He occasionally experimented with laminates, as in the Three-Legged Shell Chair (1963), or steel and ox hide as in the Ox-Chair (1960) for Erik Jørgensen. While he is best known for his chairs, Wegner has also created memorable cabinetry, desks, tables, beds and lighting. Read more >