Hans Wegner designed this GE 673 rocking chair for Getama. It can be delivered more or less as a flat pack and easily constructed and deconstructed for easy storage. I took this photo at the Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen.
PP 266 Bench by Hans Wegner
Feeling quite confident about the strength and agility of the pp66 Chinese Chair, Wegner was bold enough to develop the construction by designing a bench thus creating an even stronger character. For Wegner this is the only example of this kind of progression of shape and design, from wooden armchair to bench, and thus the Chinese Bench remains a unique and extraordinary accomplishment.
The Chinese Bench remained a prototype until 1991 when it was finally possible to put it into production, thanks to the pioneering experiments at PP Møbler with the pre-compression wood bending technique.
Still the Chinese Bench poses a great challenge to even the most skilled craftsmen, not merely because of the woodwork, but also because the long paper cord seat demands an unusual degree of accuracy in order to appear linear.
Via PP Mobler
Wegner China Chairs by Johannes Hansen
Only gradually I start to understand the naming principles of Wegner Chairs. Aparently Johannes Hansen was the first furniture maker Hans Wegner cooperated with.
Johannes Hansen was a Danish furniture maker who produced furniture between 1940´s-1970´s.
Therafter production ceased. However several pieces been sold high-end auctions.
An important part of Johannes Hansen’s success has been based on the fruitful cooperation with Hans J. Wegner, which was initiated in 1940. In 1941 the first pieces of furniture designed by Wegner were displayed in Johannes Hansen’s store in Bredgade 65 in central Copenhagen.
Johannes Hansen was more than twice as old as the 26 year old Wegner but the unique collaboration between the two became the undisputed backbone of Danish furniture design and the main reason for its worldwide recognition in the fifties and sixties. The Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry acquired the first Wegner chair in 1942. In 1944 Wegner designed for Johannes Hansen the first of a long series of ‘chinese’ chairs, a series of chairs inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. Another of his famous designs, the Peacock chair, was first introduced in 1947. The chair was manufactured for a very long time by Johannes Hansen, but was later picked up and resumed by PP Møbler in 1992, as Wegner had upgraded the basic design in the late 1980’s.
So Wegner chairs with JH in it are chairs designed for Johannes Hansen.
Via Via Deconet
CH 28 Sawbuck Chair by Hans Wegner
Hans Wegner’s 100th Birthday anniversary in the Copenhagen Design Museum with the title “Wegner – Just One Good Chair”, an exhibition till December 12, 2014, where I took this photo.