Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Hans Wegner Rope Chairs

Today’s blog post is all about Hans Wegner’s rope chair.  You’ll certainly recognize this iconic chair in the photos below as it has remained a staple since it was originally created in 1950.  Like most modern furniture designers, Hans believed in the principle of “form follows function” and his pieces were known for their organic functionality.  Wegner spearheaded the Danish modern furniture movement and is famous for integrating perfectly executed joinery with exquisite shapes and combining them with wood and its natural characteristics (Carl Hansen).  When constructing the easy chair, it takes a craftsman roughly 10 hours to weave paper cord across the curved frame. This piece perfectly represents Wegner’s keen ability to meld design and material without unnecessary fuss:

Here are a few Hans Wegner Rope chairs- both authentic versions and those that are crafted in the style of his design:

4.) Design Within Reach Easy Chair - Authentic (another authentic version here).

In 1949 Hans Wegner became an honorary member of the Royal Danish Academy for the Fine Arts in 1995.  Almost every major design museum in the world features Wegner’s furniture- from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, Germany.  

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