Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007), is the reigning master of Danish Chair design, having created 500 different chairs over his career.
Trained as a cabinet maker, he later gained his architectural degree in 1938 before working as a designer in Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller's architectural office. In 1943 he went on to establish his own office, working from a studio in his house.
It was his collaboration with cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen that led to the creation of the well-crafted, genius designs which we have come to know so well. They presented their work at the Danish Cabinetmaker's show every year from 1941-66 and contributed to a worldwide recognition of Danish design.
Wegner had a deep respect for wood and an eye for detail, giving the 'modern' principles a softness. He constantly challenged the hard-lined steel aesthetic and embraced natural materials and organic form. His sculptural designs sprung firstly from a desire for comfort and then beauty. He also believed a chair should endure a life of more than 50 years. Many of his pieces are still manufactured today and enjoy great popularity and demand.