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1941 Hans J. Wegner Oak Dining Chair "City Hall Chair" - Early Wegner Design

$856.12

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This reupholstered oak dining chair is was one of Hans J. Wegners earliest designs. The model was first produced by Plan Møbler in 1940/1941 for the new iconic city hall in Aarhus that was finished in 1941 with Arne Jacobsen as architect and a young Hans J. Wegner as assistant in making a completely new city hall including lamps, furniture, ash trays and all other inventory . The design of furniture for the city hall was H.J. Wegner’s first major design task making this chair among the very first chairs designed by Wegner. The inscription under the seat captures the increase of the legs and is dated November 30th, 1957. The new upholstered chair has been overlooked and refinished by our cabinetmaker and is in very good condition. Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) is in the absolute top league Danish designers, and among the few artists that have had a whole museum opened solely to themselves. He is particularly known for his around 500 chairs, where straight designs, good functionality and beautful looks are united to perfection. Wegners further development shown in his China Chair from 1945 brought his reputation to an internatioal top level, since this model during the 1961 US election was exposed on national US television during a transmssion of a discussion between president candidates Kennedy and Nixon. Furthermore the founder of Danish furniture design modernism was known worldwide for his rocking chair J16 and the JH513 chair.

Details

  • Creator
    Plan Møbler (Cabinetmaker),Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.86 in (86 cm)Width: 19.69 in (50 cm)Depth: 17.33 in (44 cm)Seat Height: 18.9 in (48 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940-1941
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Chair has been refinished and reupholstered with white fabric close to the original.
  • Seller Location
    Knebel, DK
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Hans J. Wegner by Jens Dernsen, published by Danish Design Centr1stDibs: LU271337378113

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About the Designer

Hans J. Wegner

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tablesHans 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 in 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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