How Did Hans Wegner Influence Furniture during Midcentury

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How Did Hans Wegner Influence Furniture during Midcentury

How Did Hans Wegner Influence Furniture during Midcentury

Furniture of the 50’s and 60’s took on a look of artistry that was not noticed in previous years. Even today people are looking for these styles to grace their homes. One of the makers of furniture in the midcentury was Hans Wegner. He brought new life to chairs in the period. He even had a round chair designed that was used during the confrontation of Kennedy and Nixon. It is known as “The Chair” and is touted to be the most beautiful chair ever made.
Hans Wegner Designs
Hans Wegner always had a love for design. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that he became a furniture designer. He started his career working for Erik Moller and Arne Jacobsen. In 1943 he ventured out on his own and started his own designs. Hans Wegner fetched a nice price for his furniture. He preferred making chairs over other furniture types and became famous with the Round Chair that was used during the debates between Kennedy and Nixon. The Round Chair is noted for its comfort and has been named the most beautiful chair in the world.
Hans Wegner had many innovative ideas when it came to furniture. He even designed a three legged chair to go with the styles of the 50’s and 60’s. Much of his furniture was very different in appearance but was something people were attracted to. In all there were 500 different chair designs from Hans Wegner.
Hans Wegner Designs Today
Today the midcentury designs are still sought after but they carry high prices when and if you can find them. You can get reproductions that will look just like the designer brand. Nowadays reproductions are just as sought after and well-made as the originals. They are more affordable so having a Hans Wegner Design is possible without spending a large amount of money.
Reproductions will never be as good as the originals or worth as much but they do fill a need. People can have midcentury furniture today. After all, many of the midcentury styles are coming back.
History of Hans Wegner
Hans Wegner is a Dutch furniture maker who started out as a cabinet maker. He decided he wanted more out of his life so he returned to school to get his degree in Arts Crafts. He received his degree in 1938 and began working for Jacobsen and Moller. He added much to their designs and then moved on to business on his own. He was very successful at furniture making and will be remembered for his vivid styles that were responsible for opening many eyes to the chair as a piece of art. He was best known for his work in the 50’s and 60s. Hans Wegner worked with cabinet maker Johannes Hansen. Hansen knew exactly what Hans Wegner was trying to do with his designs and his love of the work showed in the craftsmanship. The two worked together for many years. Today you can buy replicas of the chairs that were designed and crafted by these two. If you are lucky you will run across an original from time to time. Know what you are looking at is pure genius.

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