Regarded as the “chair-maker of chair-makers,” Hans J. Wegner designed more than 400 chairs during his prolific career, some of which were never produced. Wegner’s Oculus Chair (1960) takes its name from the Latin word for “eye,” in reference to the trademark eye-shaped stitching on its front. Originally made in very limited numbers, it was brought back into production in 2010 after Carl Hansen & Søn rediscovered it in the Wegner family home. Oculus is roomy enough for various lounging positions, with an enveloping seat and arms balanced on brushed stainless steel legs for visual lightness, a three-part back that supports the whole spine and a down and foam seat cushion that provides lasting comfort while maintaining its shape. Can be used with the Wing Ottoman, also from Wegner. Made in Denmark.
Solid beech frame; brushed stainless steel legs; molded cold foam padding; down and foam seat cushion; Rime (90% wool, 10% nylon), Clara (92% wool, 8% nylon), Maharam Hallingdal (70% wool, 30% viscose) or Maharam Divina Melange (100% wool) fabric upholstery.
Oculus Chair: H 43.5" W 37" D 37" Seat H 15.75" Arm H 25.5" Wing Ottoman: H 15" W 24.75" D 19.5"
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 >