Often thought of as the ‘master of the chair’, Hans Wegner (1914-2007) said the Danish art for simplistic form came from a process of ‘purifying’ an object down to it bare bones – the chair should be just four legs, a seat, a back and armrests.
Apprenticed to a cabinetmaker and going on latterly to study at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, Wegner’s work was soon noticed and he joined a team designing furniture for the Aarhus City Hall. He established his own design studio in 1943, his iconic Wishbone Chair coming some six years later in 1949. The chair design has never been out of production since then.
Wegner acquired a vast knowledge over the years of different woods and the natural materials used in his designs. His ash chairs are extraordinarily lightweight, for instance, and the soul of his pieces shines through in the humble way they are constructed and finished off with great care. Unsurprisingly, his designs can be found in museums across the world and he remains a forefather of Danish design’s Golden Age.