Goodbye Obvious

by Liza Laserow

Swedish 19th Century Table with Original Paint

Wishbone Chair By Hans J Wegner

French Farmers Table From the Early 19th Century

Wishbone Chair By Hans J Wegner

When using a design classic, like the wishbone chair by Wegner I think it can get a little too obvious and seem a little too easy but by combining it with a 19th Century Farmers table really takes the obvious out of the equation.

The Master of The Chair

Hans J Wegner  was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark and the son of a shoemaker. He finished his apprenticeship with H. F. Stahlberg as a cabinetmaker at the age of 17. Three years later he moved to Copenhagen to study before he became an architect.

In 1940 Wegner, as young architect, joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller to work on furniture design for the new Århus city hall. The same year Wegner began collaborating with master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, a driving force in bringing new furniture design to the Danish public.  The Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry acquired its first Wegner chair in 1942.

1943 Wegner started his own design office and only a year later he designed the “Chinese chair”. The first kind in a series of new chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. The most successful and famous in the series is the “Wishbone Chair” that came to life 1949 and has since 1950 been produced by Carl Hansen & Son in Odense. Apart from the wishbone chair Hans J Wegner designed more than 500 chairs with many considered as master pieces of chair design, he is often referred to as the master of the chair.