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Hans Wegner J16 Rocking Chair for FDB Mobler, Denmark 1962

$1,850

About

Hans Wegner designed, black lacquered spindle back rocking chair with paper cord seat. The designer showed an early interest in the rocking chair as a design object and J16 was one of his first chairs ever put into production. FDB Møbler, this chair's manufacturer, that aspired to produce pieces that would be available to everyone, with simple and versatile products that fit into everyday life. Since the start of the 40s, FDB Møbler has created some of the most iconic furniture of our time. This was and remains one of their most successful ones. Lightly refinished but otherwise in original condition with visible wear to the black lacquer frame. There is visible water staining on the seat as well as some breakage to the paper cord. Wear is consistent with its age and use. Another white Wegner rocking chair is available and listed separately (S080).

Details

  • Creator
    FDB Møbler (Manufacturer),Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 43 in (109.22 cm)Width: 32.75 in (83.19 cm)Depth: 31 in (78.74 cm)Seat Height: 15.5 in (39.37 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: S080 HB1stDibs: LU922429788592

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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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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