Hans J. Wegner Master of Chairs
Light and airy chairs, made with smart materials and highlighted by a minimalist and organic esthetics, reveal their natural softness.
Born in 1914, the Danish designer started his career as a cabinetmaker before studying architecture at Copenhagen's School of Arts and Crafts, where he eventually taught later.
In 1940, he collaborated with Johannes Hansen who played a leading role in the popularization of modern design in Denmark.
Wegner opened his own design office in 1943. The following year, he created a chair collection - the China Chair - inspired by the Ming dynasty esthetics. His artistic vision contributed to change the way people considered furniture during the 50s and the 60s era. Among his favorite materials are leather and several types of woods - ash, oak, beech and walnut tree.
The Wishbone Chair, created in 1949, and the armchair John F. Kennedy is known to have sat on during the 1960 debate with Richard Nixon, count as some of his most famous pieces.