Hans Wegner, 1914 - 2007

Hans Wegner, 1914 - 2007

Hans J. Wegner was born in Tønder, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17 he was apprenticed to a carpenter (H. F. Stahlberg) and it was at this time that he developed his first design. At the age of 20 he moved to Copenhagen to study at the institution now known as The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design.

He studied there from 1936-1938, before studying further to become an architect.  In 1940 Wegner initiated a joint project with Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Aarhus, which involved fitting out Aarhus' town hall. It was also in 1940 that Wegner began to work with Master Carpenter Johannes Hansen, a man who played a significant role in bringing modern design to the Danish public.

Hans J. Wegner opened his own design studio in 1943, and in 1944 he designed his first "China Chair" in a series inspired by the Chinese Emperor's thrones.

One of the chairs in this series is what is probably Wegner's most famous work "The Wishbone Chair," which he designed in 1949, and which Carl Hansen & Søn has manufactured since 1950.   With this chair and others, Hans Wegner was one of the primary forces behind the Danish Modern movement which did much to change people's view of furniture in the 1950s and 60s. His designs retain significant relevance for us today.

Hans Wegner was a master carpenter first and a designer second. He is well known for his perfectly finished joints and exquisite forms. Wegner always showed a deep respect for the wood and its character, and an everlasting curiosity about good materials. He gave minimalism an organic and natural softness. For these and many other reasons, Wegner is considered "the master chair-maker.” He designed more than 500 chairs during the course of his life.

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Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH24 Wishbone Chair | Natural Wood | Natural Papercord
Sale price$845.00
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Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH20 Elbow Chair
Sale price$1,005.00
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Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH33T Chair | All Wood
Sale price$1,045.00
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Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH33P Chair | Upholstered Seat
Sale price$794.00
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Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner Shaker Dining Chair CH36
Sale price$1,005.00
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Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner Shaker Dining Armchair CH37
Sale price$1,285.00
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Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner Bar Stool CH56 | CH58
Sale price$1,360.00
Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH07 Shell Chair
Sale price$3,590.00
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Carl Hansen & SonCarl Hansen CH445 Wing Chair by Hans Wegner
Sale price$7,465.00
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Carl Hansen & SonWegner Oculus Chair CH468
Sale price$7,545.00
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Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH401 Kastrup Airport Chair
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CH446 Footrest in Kvadrat Balder 3310 Fabric by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn Wegner CH446 in Kvadrat Rime 541
Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH446 Ottoman
Sale price$2,165.00 Regular price$2,735.00
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Carl Hansen & SonCarl Hansen CH008 Coffee Table by Hans Wegner
Sale price$2,475.00
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Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner CH415 Side Table
Sale price$1,550.00
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Carl Hansen & SonCarl Hansen Wegner CH337 Dining Table
Sale price$3,745.00
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Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner Dining Table CH388
Sale price$4,675.00
Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner CH334 Dining Table
Sale price$5,516.00
Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner Dining Table CH322
Sale price$5,935.00
Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH318 Dining Table
Sale price$5,989.00
Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH110 Desk
Sale price$19,492.00
Carl Hansen & SonHans Wegner CH825 Credenza
Sale price$12,975.00
Carl Hansen & SonWegner CH338 Oval Dining Table
Sale price$5,180.00
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