Designer Spotlight: Hans J. Wegner


Danish design icon Hans Wegner, who died last year at the age of 92, was one of the designers responsible for bringing simple, handcrafted Scandinavian wooden furniture into the design world spotlight.

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Wegner first studied woodworking when he trained as a cabinetmaker early in his life, and later immersed himself in furniture design with Arne Jacobsen. He opened his own studio in 1943, and soon began turning out his classic chair designs, including the China Chair, the Wishbone Chair, and the Round Chair, which reached celebrity status when used in the 1960 presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Wegner continued working on designs through the 1990s. He produced over 500 chair designs as well as designs for home accessories, office furniture, lamps, and tables. All of his designs share a simple dignity and a commitment to the refined, understated elegance that is a trademark of Scandinavian design. Hans Wegner's designs are available for purchase at the Danish Design Store.

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