Design History Lesson: Hans Wegner

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Hello again,

I’ve been thinking about chairs a lot lately; they are such an integrated part of our every day lives that it’s kind of easy to forget their importance! But chairs
are important – we need them in order to properly take in a meal, a movie, or a conversation. Chairs are all about the human body.

Because chairs are such a big part of our lives it’s important that they are functional and beautiful. One man who mastered this balance was Hans Wegner. Quoted as saying “the chair does not exist. The good chair is a task that is never completely done with”, this is a man who is serious about chairs!

The Chair
Wegner was a Danish designer who started out as a cabinet-maker before attending the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts in the 1930’s. From 1938-42 he worked as a furniture designer and became best known for his chairs. He is known for his love of natural materials and his understanding that furniture must be both beautiful and functional. Wegner designed more than 500 chairs, but he is best known for The Round Chair, also known as The Chair.

Y Back, or Wishbone Chair

I love Wegner’s chairs, they are such classic designs, so elegant and soft, but not overly feminine. They’re all about balance! I would love one for my little home office space! Do you have a favourite? Where would you put it?

We have these Wegner-inspred oak wishbone chairs available at the shop that are a lovely light/natural colour. You should come check them out!