Monday, 11 April 2011

Design Heroes - Hans J Wegner

Okay I admit it, 'my one weakness' has to be for chairs. And lot of the chairs that I adore most were designed by the Danish designer Hans J Wegner. He has been referred to as 'Master of the chair' and it's a well deserved title as he designed over 400 chairs in his lifetime. And I love them all! 

Hans Wegner has received a long list of prestigious awards, including the Lunning prize, the grand prix of the Milan Triennale, Sweden’s Prince Eugen medal and the Danish Eckersberg medal. He is also an honorary Royal designer for industry of the Royal Society of Arts in London which was awarded to him in 1959.

Hans Wegner's furniture is in Museum collections around the World, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Here's just a few of my favourites.

Hans J Wegner
The extremely elegant 'Peacock' Chair

The 'Butterfly GE-460' 1976

'Cigaren GE-240' Teak 1955
The 'Wishbone' Chair
The 'Wishbone' chair is a Hans J. Wegner classic. It was designed for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949 and has been in production since 1950. The Lollipop Shoppe in Brighton sells the Wishbone in an array of gorgeous colours. And in my dreams I have one in each colour around my dining table.. sigh!

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