Here are our favorite chairs by Danish Designer Hans Wegner.
The Danish Museum of Art & Design had an exhibition “Just One Good Chair” highlighting the chair designer Hans Wegner. I enjoyed seeing the evolution of his design and the expanse of his prolific career. After reading about a craftsman sanding the single arm of a chair for 100 hours, it was tempting to give said chair a try and feel how smooth it really was! Taking this sort of time to retain such a high level of craftsmanship is the Danish approach to making furniture.
Slowness is something that has been been embraced in the Danish furniture design industry and in the exhibit it was explained; “With their extraordinary quality and finish, Danish architect-designed furniture is intimately tied up with slowness. What is it that gives this furniture its perfect appearance? In addition to their artistic and functional design, such furniture is the result of a long process that involves painstaking selection and preparation of the wood as well as exquisite craftsmanship, evident in every joint, detail and surface.”
Remember when I posted about visiting the The Glass House last month? It turns out that Hans Wegner and Philip Johnson were contemporaries. In coming full circle, it was interesting to learn that Johnson chose Wegner’s furniture for several of his projects.
Even though Wegner was an internationally known modernist designer, he still felt like a craftsman. “I feel more like a craftsman than a designer,” Wegner once said: “I think more like a craftsman. And when I have doubts, I say to myself: What would you do if you were standing there with the materials? That’s why, when I have doubts, I also go to the workshop. You definitely do this if you come to a place in the process of developing a chair…So I say What would you do as a craftsman…when you are standing with the materials in your hand? Then it becomes evident.”