WegnerHans

Biography

Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007), born in Tønder, Denmark, was the son of a shoemaker who gained an apprenticeship with a cabinetmaker at the age of 17. This period created a highly skilled carpenter out of Wegner and taught him to respect the character of the wood that he worked with. He then attended the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts, where he eventually gave lectures from 1946-1953.

From 1938 to 1942, Wegner worked as a furniture designer in Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller´s architectural practice and then in 1943 he went on to set up his own office in Gentofte, where he collaborated with the likes of Børge Mogensen.

Hans J. Wegner became a master of Danish chair design through his meticulous craftsmanship, uniting form and function, the comfort and ergonomics of his designs always being of utmost importance.

His sculptural lines and beautifully finished joints changed the general public’s view of furniture in the 1950s and 60s. Wegner was the driving force behind the “Danish Modern” movement and his relentless dedication to furniture saw him design more than 500 chairs in his lifetime.

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