Hans Jørgensen Wegner, (April 2, 1914 – January 26, 2007)
Hans Wegner was was a world-renowned Danish furniture designer. His high quality and thoughtful work, along with a concerted effort from several of his manufacturers, contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His style is often described as Organic Functionality, a modernist school with emphasis on functionality. This school of thought arose primarily in Scandinavian countries with contributions by Poul Henningsen, Alvar Aalto, and Arne Jacobsen. In his lifetime he designed over 500 different chairs earning him the title “Master of the Chair”. Over 100 of his designs were put into mass production and many have become recognisable style icons. Wegner primarily worked with manufacturer Carl Hansen & Sons, their relationship commencing in 1949. Some of his iconic designs include the Shell Chair, Wing Chair and Wishbone Chair.
Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive Danish furniture designers of all time with many accolades heaped upon both his work and his lifetime achievements. Almost all of the world’s major design museums, from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, feature his furniture in their collections. Hans J. Wegner died in Denmark in January 2007 – at the age of 92.