Hans Wegner

It's hard to imagine a better introduction into the history of design than being chosen by the president of the United States to embody design!

But that's what happened to designer Hans Wegner. Born in Denmark in 1914, Hans Wegner had the chance to see his chair chosen by Kennedy to participate in the televised debate against Nixon. This chair became "The Chair" and Kennedy, who suffered from back pain, propelled Danish design to the forefront of the American scene.

Although this episode had an incredible impact, Hans Wegner's career could not be limited to this one story.
After beginning to study cabinet making, which he never finished, Hans Wegner became close to architects with whom he worked. His first years of activity focused on modifying the skeleton of existing chairs. His goal was to simplify forms to achieve organic functionalism, which was also advocated by Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Poul Kjærholm and Verner Panton.

Through hard work, his work is first spotted by Interiors magazine which makes its front page with The Chair and defines it as the best chair in the world.

Among the models known, The Chair, the Round chair, the Shell chair, the Wishbone chair, Flag Halyard chair, Easy chair, etc.

Hans Wegner furniture and chairs for sale on Flea Market Paris
Pair of armchairs by Hans Wegner