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Designer: Hans Wegner

HansWegner Hans Wegner is a Danish designer and architect. He is considered one of the founders of Scandinavian design.

He is known for his work with wood and for designing more than 500 chairs and armchairs . He is famous for bringing more flexibility and aesthetics to the functionalist movement. Hans Wegner left his mark on the history of 20th century design with creations such as the Peacock chair (1947), the Round Chair (1949), the Wing chair (1960) and the “OX” and “Papa Bear” chairs.

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Biography

Hans Wegner was born in Denmark in 1914. He quickly developed a passion for wood and began training as a cabinetmaker until he was 17. He continued his studies and became an architect in 1938. He metArne Jacobsen and Erik Moller, with whom he collaborated on several projects. This period also marked the beginning of his work with the furniture publisher Fritz Hansen. In 1943, Hans Wegner founded his design agency. He became internationally renowned in 1960 when Kennedy chose the Round Chair for the presidential debate with Nixon. He has received prestigious awards such as the Eckersberg Medal, the Grand Prix of the Milan Triennale and the Lunning Prize. Hans Wegner is one of the undisputed masters of Danish Modernism and one of the great Scandinavian designers of the 20th century.

September 26, 1960 NIXON-KENNEDY DEBATE John F. Kennedy, seated at left, and Richard M. Nixon in advance of the first televised presidential debate. Copyright © 1960 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive. File: 20694_163

26 September 1960 – Nixon vs Kennedy debate. Copyright © 1960 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive. File: 20694_163