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Hans J. Wegner JH-550 Peacock Chair for Johannes Hansen, 1960 Denmark



Hans J. Wegner JH-550 Peacock chair for Johannes Hansen,1960 Denmark Hans J. Wegner JH-550 Peacock chair for Johannes Hansen Iconic 'Peacock' Chair Model JH-550 designed by architect and designer Hans J. Wegner in 1947 and produced by furniture maker Johannes Hansen in Denmark. Inspired by a traditional English Windsor chair, the Peacock chair is one of Wegner's finest examples of his visually impressive design ideas and aesthetic. The frame is made of ash and oak with solid teak armrests and a seat with a braided rush cord. The name "Peacock" chair was given by his colleague Finn Juhl, who associated the spindles of the backrest with a peacock appearance, indicating the organic features of the design. Professionally finished by skilled craftsmen while retaining the core of Wegner's original design, this chair would be the ideal eye-catcher for any modern interior. Item number: 220376. With many people becoming environmentally conscious, buying vintage furniture is all the rage right now. Promoting responsible environmental behavior in a home has long surpassed discussions of chemicals and food and now uses objects, materials and paints. As the industry explores various manufacturing technologies and promotes recycling, the growing popularity of vintage furniture and decor among the millennial generation is illuminating the road ahead.


  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 41.74 in (106 cm)Width: 29.53 in (75 cm)Depth: 30.32 in (77 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Oostrum-Venray, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 2203761stDibs: LU5799228045632

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About the Design

Peacock Chair

Designed by Hans J. Wegner
Not long before he debuted both “The Chair” — the ingeniously, appropriately named piece that exemplifies his dedication to purified form — and the revered and now oft-imitated Wishbone chair, Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner (1914–2007) released the Peacock chair, a gracefully arching, high-backed seat produced for manufacturer Johannes Hansen in 1947.Although certain elements of this Wegner design — a woven seat, shapely wooden frame, graceful form — would go on to become nearly synonymous with Danish mid-century furniture, the Peacock (official name: PP550) has roots in another design tradition: the Windsor chair. Recognized by its arched frame and spindle back, the Windsor has long been associated with Amish woodworking communities in the United States, though its origin can be traced back to England and Wales. English settlers brought the seats stateside and they quickly gained popularity in North America, enduring through colonial times and into 20th-century American style.But back to Denmark: While Wegner was a young student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (where he enrolled in 1936), he became involved with the Carpenters’ Guild Furniture Exhibits, which showed experimental designs by Danish architects and sparked Wegner’s own interest in playing with traditional notions of design in furniture. He became fascinated with a process of “stripping the old chairs of their outer style and letting them appear in their pure construction,” a method that would inform much of his most important work. Soon after experimenting with traditional Ming chairs in his China chair series, Wegner set his sights on the Windsor, which he adapted in subtle yet significant ways that exemplify his modernist ethos.First, the flattening of the spindles in an arc to follow the posture of the sitter, a nod to the modern notion of designing around the human body. Then, the paper-cord seat, a precursor to the Wishbone in a material designed as a replacement for jute, which was in short supply following World War II. Finally, rendering the frame in ash, a common species in Denmark and a favorite wood among Scandinavian mid-century designers.Legend has it that it was actually Wegner contemporary Finn Juhl — a celebrated designer and Copenhagen native — who saw the seat and proclaimed its resemblance to the showy bird, with the flattened spindles making up an arc of wood plumage. In any case, the name stuck, and PP Møbler continues to produce the Peacock chair under the moniker to this day.
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