Hans J. Wegner designed more than 400 chairs in his prolific career, some of which
were never put into production. This gives us a unique gift from the past: the chance
to posthumously discover previously unknown mid-century classics by a modern
master. Wegner’s Oculus Chair was designed in 1960, but it wasn’t until 2010 that
Carl Hansen & Son – Wegner’s exclusive manufacturer and license holder – brought
it into production. This upholstered chair is roomy enough to allow for various
lounging positions, while its back, which is divided into three parts, offers support
for the whole spine. The enveloping seat, back and arms are perfectly balanced on
polished stainless steel legs, which offer material counterpoint and visual lightness.
The seat cushion is a luxurious blend of down and foam, ensuring enduring comfort
while maintaining its shape. The Oculus Chair can be used with Wegner's Wing Chair Ottoman. Made in Denmark.
Oculus Chair, solid beech frame; down and foam seat cushion; brushed stainless steel legs; MaharamHallingdal (70% wool, 30% viscose) or Divina Melange (100% wool) fabric.
Oculus Chair: H 43.5" W 37" D 37" Seat H 15.75" Arm H 25.5" Wing Chair 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 >