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Hans Jørgensen Wegner

Hans Jørgensen Wegner was born in Tønder in 1914, the son of shoemaker, Peter M. Wegner. His father’s workshop produced high quality, custom-made shoes. It was here that Hans J. Wegner saw how things came into being and how his father used his tools with millimetre precision. Wegner's father was a true master of his craft – a title that later could rightfully be given to the young Wegner too.

It was a love of wood that made Wegner choose to train as cabinetmaker. Wegner began an apprenticeship with master cabinetmaker H F Stahlberg and finished his apprenticeship already at the age of 17. After his national service Wegner began his studies at Copenhagen Technical College and later on at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts.

In 1938 Wegner started work for the architects Erik Møller and Flemming Lassen in Aarhus. Two years later Wegner was offered a job at Arne Jacobsen’s design studio, who were charged with the task of designing Aarhus Town Hall. Wegner was to design the furniture for the building. This collaboration continued until 1943, when Wegner opened his own design studio in Aarhus, in operation until 1946. From 1946 to 1948 Wegner worked in Copenhagen for architect Palle Suenson’s design studio, while Wegner again was in the process of setting up his own design studio. During the war years Wegner, together with Børge Mogensen, designed furniture for FDB Møbler, which at the time was furniture supplier to the Danish populace. Their task was to create furniture that was affordable to everyone – i.e. good furniture at a low price.


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Wegnerdefinitely liked the task and in particular Wegner valued the collaboration with Børge Mogensen, the two becoming lifelong friends. Another person who followed Wegner over the years was cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. Wegner designed the furniture and Johannes Hansen produced it. This close collaboration was reason for a large part of the success enjoyed by Wegner – they formed the perfect match.

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The really big commercial breakthrough came when the US magazine ’Interiors’ displayed Wegner’s ’The Round Chair’ on its cover and called it the world’s most beautiful chair. This led to a significant number of orders from USA, which created problems for Wegner as all the chairs were handmade. In 1961 the chair became even more internationally renowned when in 1961 it was used in a TV debate between Kennedy and Nixon. After this, it came to be called simply 'The Chair'.

In the years after the war a stream of the classics we today know Wegner for followed. The Peacock Chair came in 1947, the Wishbone Chair and Flag Halyard Chair in 1950, the Pappa Bear Chair in 1951, the Valet Chair in 1953, and the Ox Chair in 1960.

Wegnerdied in 2007 and so lived to be 92 years of age. A long life ended for one of the world’s most recognized furniture designers. Wegner’s design is still highly current and his sense of detail is still admired the world over. There is a wide selection of Wegner furniture, from the more common Wishbone Chair to the beautiful Wegner sewing table. Regardless which Wegner piece you like best you have an opportunity to find the unique and very special Wegner design.  

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