Hans J. Wegner

A driving force behind ‘Danish Modern’ and considered one of the most creative and productive Danish furniture designers of all time. He is known worldwide as ‘the Master of the Chair,’ and his furniture is present in multiple international collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.

Born 1914, he was a child apprentice to a master cabinet maker in southern Denmark and quickly developed an affinity with wood. Wegner regularly utilizes this material to create sculptural shapes within functional form.

After studying to become a designer Wegner worked with Arne Jacobsen, and went on to start his own company receiving several major design prizes including the Lunning Prize in 1951 and The 8th International Design Award in 1997.

Among his famous pieces such as the Peacock and Kennedy Chair, his most successful design was his 1949 Wishbone Chair, from a series of Chinese Chairs and was produced by Carl Hansen & Son. His style is described as Organic Functionality invoking minimalism with an organic and natural softness. Comfort and ergonomics meet Wegner’s sculptural lines to produce art made to support the human form.


Products Designed by Hans J. Wegner