“A chair is to have no backside,” said Hans J. Wegner. “It should be beautiful from
all sides and angles.” Sculptural and balanced, his Easy Chair (1950) embodies this
maxim, a classic example of the “organic functionalism” for which he is famous.
Its natural elegance is exemplified by the paper cord that creates the seat and
back – more than 1300 feet of cord is used on each chair. Handwoven by a skilled
craftsperson, it’s a process that takes eight to 10 hours. The solid oak frame has fluid
lines and exacting joinery, which is expertly assembled and requires no hardware.
Relaxed and intuitively ergonomic, the Easy Chair is just that – a seat that can easily
blend with modern or traditional interiors, in nearly any room in the house. Made in
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 >