Chair Apparent: Hans J. Wegner

Born in Denmark in 1914, Mr. Wegner began his career as a trained cabinet maker. In 1943, after assisting both Erik Moller and Arne Jacobsen, he opened his first office. It was then that he debuted two of the most important chairs of his career - the Chinese Chair and the Round Chair.

It was in 1950 that Interiors magazine put the Round Chair on the cover of their magazine, calling it "the world's most beautiful chair." From then forward, it would be known as simply, "The Chair".

In addtion to lighting and cabinetry design, Mr. Wegner continued his career designing chairs that would become influential in the mid-century modern aesthetic of the 50's and 60's.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Royal College of Art in London in 1997.

Mr. Wegner died in 2007. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

1931 - First Chair

1937 - Easy Chair

1943 - Chinese Chair

1947 - The Round Chair

1947 - Peacock Chair

1949 - Folding Chair

1949 - Shell Chair

1953 - Valet Chair

1960's Bull Chair

Images Courtesy of: danish-design.com

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