- HANS J. WEGNER/THE CHAIR
Product number: VT028
Designer name: Hans.J.Wegner
A maker name: Johannes Hansen/ Johannes Hansen
Year of design: 1949
Production number: JH501
Wegner is a very popular designer not only in Denmark but also in Japan, and has designed hundreds of pieces of furniture in his lifetime.
Among the many designs, this "The Chair" is the most representative one. The chair became known to the world when John F.
Kennedy, who had back pain, is said to have arrived at The Chair as a result of searching for a chair in which he could sit comfortably and still look dignified and beautiful.
The design of The Chair, which has a sense of presence and beauty as a chair but does not overstate its existence, is based on the idea that "when it exists by itself, it is simply a beautiful chair, and as soon as a person sits on it, the chair disappears." The person who sits on it becomes the main character and makes that person look beautiful.”
*Because the wisteria is reupholstered, the actual rattan part has a strong whiteness.
Hans.J. Wegner (Denmark, 1914-2007) / About Hans J. Wegner
Wegner was born in 1914 in Tuner, a town on the Danish-German border to a shoemaker. Furniture craftsman HF Stalberg studied furniture under him and obtained a cabinet craftsman's license at the age of 17. Three years later he moved to Copenhagen, where he attended a craft school from 1936 to 1938 before beginning his career as a designer. In 1940, Wegner participated in the architectural project of Arne Jacobsen and Eric Muller for the Aarhus City Hall, and is also known for designing the furniture to be installed there. This year also saw the start of collaboration with Johannes Hansen, a furniture workshop that has made great contributions to the world of Danish design.
One of the most creative and original designers in the Danish design world, Wegner is known as the master of chairs, having designed more than 500 chairs. And many of them are now internationally acclaimed as masterpieces.
Wegner, who was often asked by people outside of Denmark, ``How was that unique style called Danish Modern created?'' I think it was made by.For me, it's a work to make it simpler.The four legs, the seat surface, the back, the arms, and the frame that connects them are all necessary and wasteful. It's about stripping away the elements." In pursuit of simple beauty and functionality, he reveals the core of the furniture, what can be called the essence of the furniture. This can be said to be Wegner's greatest achievement.