Peculiar & Clever Chairs by Hans J. Wegner

Peculiar & Clever Chairs by Hans J. Wegner

Wegner's seductive craftsmanship and elegant selection of natural materials equal high popularity with a wide audience, especially here on Apartment Therapy. We came across some of Wegner's lesser known, more peculiar designs and couldn't help sharing them...

The first — the Valet chair — really strikes a chord with us because we seem to use any chair in the bedroom for clothes storage but would feel much better about doing so if the chair was actually designed for it. All the of the designs shown here are in production current and readily available from manufacturers, though not nearly as within reach as the wonderfully simple Wishbone chair.

1-3. Valet Chair- The chair was conceived in 1953 after a long talk with Professor of Architecture Steen Eiler Rasmussen and designer Bo Bojesen about the problems in folding clothes in the most practical manner at bedtime.

4-6. Flag Halyard Chair- The shape of the chair's seat was conceived during a family holiday in Århus, Denmark. The family spent many days on the beach, and, using sand, Wegner spent a lot of time there experimenting with the shape of the seat. One of few Wegner designs that do not use any wood in their construction.

7,8. Folding Chair- Wegner's ambition was to create an armchair, which could be stowed away easily. He solved this by drawing a chair which can be hung on the wall. Note the special shaping of the wood to provide just the right place to hang the chair.

These designs, as well as many others, can be seen on Architonic with links to the manufacturers.

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