hans wegner

What does this chair, designed by Hans Wegner, have to do with John F. Kennedy? Read the story on our blog


[Hans Wegner. Armchair. 1949. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

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United Arrows Furniture Creations for PROUD

As if the garments developed by United Arrows weren’t enough to mesmerise fans worldwide, the Japanese power retailer has recently created an exclusive furniture line for urban developer PROUD. The Scandinavian inspired minimalistic line will be on sale at the Harajuku Women’s Museum.

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Modern Teak Credenza | Designer: Borge Mogensen

Børge Mogensen (13 April 1914 - 5 October 1972), was a Danish furniture designer.  He was one of the most important among a generation of furniture designers who made the concept of “Danish Design” known throughout the world. Together with colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Mogensen created international respect for Danish furniture design, and his simple and functional designs have for more than half a century enjoyed worldwide demand.

Source: en.wikipedia.org | lookmodern.com

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Another amazing Hans Wegner chair construction video. I had both of these videos on my iPod senior year and every time I thought about hating my senior thesis, I would watch these and get inspired again. Again, this video shows some crazy Multi-Axis CNC machines, but the final shaping and sanding is still done by hand with sandpaper and a spokeshave.

I got to sit in one of these during the worlds greatest field trip for my History of Drawing class. We went to The Met, into this tiny little study, and had the archivist bring out drawing after drawing by Picasso, Klimt, and I think someone totally nuts like Michaelangelo or something. Anyway, of course when we walk in I’m not blown away by the incredible works of art that are standing on the table, I’m blown away by the 14 Hans Wegner chairs spread across the room. 14! All I could think about was that these were all probably like 30 or 40 years old, shaped without this modern machinery and worth like $3500 each. 

So there I sat, in a Hans Wegner chair that was all mine for about 45 minutes, looking at priceless sketches by incredible artists, and all the while fondling and stroking every inch of that chair that I could without looking like a total pervert. Amazing.