Hans J. Wegner 1914-2007
Hans J. Wegner is probably the Danish furniture designer who has cemented international recognition when talking about Scandinavian furniture design.
From early on in his youth Wegner experimented with furniture making and he was educated as a cabinet maker in 1931. He continued his studies at the School for Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen where he completed his education and later became a lecturer. After this he worked for Arne Jacobsen in his famous studio where he designed the City Hall of "Århus".
In 1940 he meets cabinetmaker and chairman of the Guild Johannes Hansen. They presented their works at the Cabinetmaker´s Guild every year from 1941 to the last exhibition in 1966.
In the early 40´s he worked at FDB with friend and colleague Børge Mogensen creating quality furniture for the working class people at affordable prices.
The list of famous Wegner chairs is long but most people would be familiar with; The China Chair, The Bone Chair or The round Chair later renamed "The Chair" when it became ever so popular in the US. And finally - although there are so many to choose from - The Papa Bear Chair, the name was given after a critic described sitting in it, as being hugged by a huge teddy bear.