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1950s Flag Halyard Lounge Chair by Hans Wegner 'a'

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GE225, flag halyard lounge chair, metal, leather by Hans Wegner, Denmark, 1950. The flag halyard chair has a white lacquered base so that it is visible as a supporting part. The seat shell with flag cord resting on it remained unpainted, so that the paint cannot wear off where you touch the chair. This model comes with fur and round leather cushion. This flag halyard lounge chair was something radically new in his time, made of new materials. Hans Wegner´s chair does not require much carpentry work, but a lot of manual work for his 250 m flag cord. 1936-1938 Wegner studies at the Arts & Crafts School in Copenhagen. He then gets hired as draftsman for the architecture office of Erik Møller and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen, who built the Århus city hall. His international breakthrough was 'The Chair' (1949), used in 1961 in the first televised US presidential election debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. Other masterpieces are the 'Wishbone Chair' (1949) and the 'Peacock chair' (1947). Next to Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen and Børge Mogensen, Hans Wegner is one of the great Danish designers.

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  • Seat Height
    15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
  • Reference Number
    LU958516589931
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About Hans J. Wegner (Designer)

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — Hans Wegner was a prolific designer whose elegant, often ebullient, forms and devotion to the finest methods in joinery made "Danish Modern" a popular byword for stylish, well-made furniture in the mid-20th century.


     Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and a furniture designer second. Like his peers Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl, Wegner believed that striking aesthetics in furniture were based on a foundation of practicality: a chair must be comfortable and sturdy before it is chic.


     In keeping with that tenet, several of Wegner’s best chair designs, seen in dealer listings below, have their roots in traditional seating forms. The “Peacock chair” (designed 1947) is a throne-like adaptation of the Windsor chair; pieces from the “China chair” series (begun in 1944) as well as the 1949 “Wishbone chair,” with its distinctive Y-shaped back splat, are derived from 17th-century Ming seating pieces, as is the upholstered “Ox chair” (1960). Wegner’s comfy “Papa Bear chair” (1951) is an almost surreally re-scaled English wingback chair.


     Wegner’s most representative piece, the “Round chair” (1949), gained a footnote in political history when it was used on the TV stage of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. That chair, along with Wegner’s more bravura designs, for example the 1963 “Shell chair,” with its curved surfboard-shaped seat, bring a quietly sculptural presence to a room. Wegner was a designer who revered his primary material — wood — and it shows. His wood gathers patina and character with age; every Hans Wegner piece testifies to the life it has led.

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