The son of a shoemaker, Hans Wegner was trained as a cabinetmaker and architect. He studied at Copenhagen’s School of Arts and Crafts, which led to a job with Arne Jacobsen, designer of the Egg™ Chair, creating furniture for the new Århus City Hall. Wegner started his own design office, and in 1949, his light, sculptural forms caught the eye of the folks at Carl Hansen & Son. For the next 58 years, Wegner designed memorable, comfortable, stunning furniture for the Hansen company, which continues to produce his fully licensed works today. Regarded as the “chair-maker of chair-makers,” the Danish designer created more than 400 chairs in his lifetime. Although Wegner designed his Wing Chair in 1960, it wasn’t put into production until 2006 – debuting at the IMM Cologne furniture fair where it received a classic innovation award for its timeless appeal. With experience in cabinetry and architecture, Wegner had an intimate understanding of materials and joinery, plus a passion for creating chairs that deliver outstanding comfort. The “wings” of this chair provide superior support for your upper back, neck and head, while the roomy seat allows you to sit in a variety of positions. Made in Denmark.
Solid beech frame; brushed stainless steel legs; molded cold foam seat and back; wool or leather upholstery.
Chair: H 40.75" W 35.5" D 35.5" Seat H 15.5" Arm H 23.5" 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 >