Wegner China Chairs by Johannes Hansen

Wegner China Chairs

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

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

Wegner Sawbuck  I56A2071
Saw Horse By Hans Wegner I56A1909

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.

CH07 Shell Chair by Hans Wegner

CH 07 Shell Chair by Hans Wegner I56A1888

CH 07 Shell Chair by Hans Wegner I56A1889 A

CH07 Shell Chair by Hans Wegner

Another example of the 100th Wegner Birthday Carl Hansen & SonPaul SmithMaharam striped fabric limited editions. Here with a better use than of the Y Chair below.

Y Chair by Hans Wegner

Y Chair by I56A1897a

Y Chair by Hans Wegner

100 years ago Hans Wegner was born. The Danish Design Museum has devoted a special exhibition to Hans Wegner. Car Hansen & Son has teamed up with British fashion designer Paul Smith who created striped fabric with Maharam. Carl Hansen created limited editions with the Paul Smith/Maharam striped collection. The cushion in this Y or Wishbone Chair (the CH 24) is one of the examples. However I do believe the Y Chair doesn’t need a cushion….and if you have a second look at this photo you’ll see and agree with me an ordinary cushion – even with famous stripes – doesn’t fit here….

In spring 2014 I’ve visited both the museum and the Carl Hansen showroom in Copenhagen. Hence I’ve many photo’s to share with you.

Blue CH445 Wing Chair by Hans Wegner

CH445 WING CHAIR I56A1890

Blue CH445 Wing Chair by Hans Wegner

Found this in Carl Hansen’s Copenhagen Showroom,
This chair is upholstered in Paul Smith designed fabric.

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