Hans J. Wegner

(1914 - 2007)
Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, in the family of a shoemaker. He developed his first design when he was only 17. At 20 he moved to Copenhagen to study at "The Artisan College", known today as The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and after graduating went on to study for an architect.

Wegner opened his own studio in 1943, and in 1944 he designed his famous "China Chair" as part of a series inspired by the thrones of the Chinese Emperor. His arguably most renowned design is "The Wishbone Chair," which he designed in 1949, and which Carl Hansen & Søn have manufactured since 1950. He was one of the main forces behind the Danish Modern movement from the 1950s and 60s, and his designs are still very relevant today.

Wegner was a master carpenter first and a designer second, and this is visible in all of his designs, where each detail is perfectly crafted. He is considered as "the master chair-maker" and has designed more than 500 chairs during the course of his life.

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