Hans J. Wegner


From > 1914 - 2007, Tønder
Background > Cabinet maker and furniture design
Education > Danish School of Arts and Crafts, 1936 - 1940, he became a teacher here later on in his career.
Start > In 1938, Wegner was approached by architects and designers Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, and started designing furniture for the new Aarhus City Hall.
Architecture & design studio > In 1938 Wegner opens his own design studio
Signature > The fact that Wegner was a cabinetmaker first and a designer second makes him a unique furniture designer. A master of detail who flawlessly merges craftsmanship with exquisite design. Wegner insisted on the highest standard of craftsmanship for his furniture, and his chairs often feature traditional mortise and tenon joints and unique materials such as paper cord.  
Manufacturer > Hans J. Wegner made designs for FDB Møbler, PP Møbler, Carl Hansen & Son, master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen.
Masterpieces > Peacock chair, the Round chair (1949), the Wing chair (1949) and the Y-chair: the CH24 was one of Wegners first designs for Carl Hansen & Son. Known as the Wishbone chair, it has been in continuous production since its introduction.
Awards > Lunning Price in 1951, the grand prix of the Milan Triennale in 1951 and the Danish furniture price in 1980. Almost all of the world's major design museums exhibit his works.