Wegner
1914 - 2000

Hans WEGNER

He is renowned for his work with wood, designing over 500 armchairs and chairs. He is famous for bringing greater flexibility and aestheticism to the functionalist movement. Hans Wegner left his mark on design history with creations such as the Peacock chair (1947), the Round Chair (1949), the Wing chair (1960) and the "OX" and "Papa Bear" armchairs. Biography Hans Wegner was born in Denmark in 1914. He soon developed a passion for wood and began training as a cabinetmaker until the age of 17. He continued his studies and became an architect in 1938. He met Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller, with whom he collaborated on a number of projects. This period also marked the start of his work with furniture publisher Fritz Hansen. In 1943, Hans Wegner founded his own design agency. He achieved international renown in 1960 when Kennedy chose the Round Chair for his presidential debate with Nixon. He has received such prestigious awards as the Eckersberg Medal, the Grand Prix of the Milan Triennale and the Lunning Prize. Hans Wegner is one of the undisputed masters of Danish Modernism.

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