Hans J. Wegner has been referred to as the "master of chairs," having designed more than 400 throughout his distinguished career. Trained as a cabinetmaker, Wegner possessed an expert understanding of the properties of natural wood, which is evident in enduring designs like the Sawbuck Chair (1952). Crafted from both solid walnut and oak, it's finished in a clear lacquer that highlights the natural and contrasting characteristics of the different woods. This durable chair is assembled entirely from wood – with no metal hardware – and the pieces fit snugly together like an ingenious puzzle. The seat and back are upholstered in Kvadrat wool, adding enduring comfort to Wegner's versatile and timeless chair, a standout among the
hundreds. Made in Denmark.
Solid oak and walnut with clear lacquer; Kvadrat Hallindal fabric, 70% wool, 30%viscose.
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 >