The Hans J Wegner Centennial: A chair should have no rear view!
Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) famously said: “A chair should have no rear view. It should be beautiful from all sides and angles.” Wegner was a prolific designer and among his accomplished creations was ‘The Chair’, a design that defined the times when it became part of the studio furnishing during the US presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon (1960). Many of Wegner’s designs are still available. A number of his handcrafted designs are produced by PP Møbler, located in Allerød north of Copenhagen, and by Rud Rasmussen in Copenhagen. Among the producers of his manufactured designs is Carl Hansen & Søn.
The water tower in Tønder
Staircase showroom in South Jutland: Hans J. Wegner was born in the southern Danish town of Tønder where an old water tower annexed to Museum Sønderjylland has been converted to showcase some of his many designs.
JUST ONE GOOD CHAIR – the exhibition: An exhibition at Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen spotlights the centennial of Hans J Wegner, 2 April – 2 November 2014.
Carl Hansen & Søn
The Copenhagen flagship store: Carl Hansen & Søn’s two-floor showroom in Copenhagen is located on Bredgade, the same street as the city’s design museum, Designmuseum Denmark. Showcased designs include Wegner furniture handcrafted by Rud Rasmussen.
New in 2014: the company has launched the ‘Dream Chair’ designed by Japanese designer Tadao Ando in tribute to the Wegner centennial.
Workshop and showroom – in Copenhagen: The combined cabinetmaker’s workshop and showroom is located in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen. Among the Danish design classics handcrafted at the workshop is the Y-chair by Hans J Wegner. The workshop received a royal visit by Prince Charles in 2013.
Harbourside Copenhagen showroom: Hans J Wegner’s ‘China Chair’ range is produced and sold by Fritz Hansen. Fritz Hansen’s Copenhagen showroom is located in the Pakhus 48 building in Nordhavn (harbour district).
Stay in the Hans J Wegner suite: Copenhagen’s arguably most legendary design hotel, Hotel Alexandra has dedicated a suite to Hans J Wegner, featuring many of his classic designs.