Archive | Hans J Wegner

For the little ones!

Scandi producers have a long legacy of making superb and sustainable furniture for children. One of the most famous is Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner, designed in 1944 and in production by Carl Hansen & Sons.


Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner (1944) for Carl Hansen & Sons. The chair (CH410) and table (CH411) are made of untreated maple and beech hardwood. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

Take a look at the making of Peter’s Chair and Table. Video copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

Another classic is the Childrens Stool NE60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1933). Made of beautiful pale birch this stool is a children’s version of the famous three-legged Stool 60. Photo copyright Artek.
NE60 comes with an option for the seat. You can chose between natural lacquered birch veneer, white laminate or black linoleum. There’s a round table to go with the stool. Photo copyright Artek.


A contemporary interpretation of the classics is Little Architect’s series by Ferm Living (2017). It is made of ash veneer and comes in five colours; bordeaux, dark blue, dark green, grey and rose. Photo copyright Ferm Living.


..and here’s one of my favourites, the contemporary children’s chair Ru by Shane Schneck for Hay (2010). Not only innovative of structure but Ru features smart possibilities: it can hang off the table, it is stackable, and multiple chairs can be linked together to form a row. Birch plywood and ash veneer. Photo copyright Hay.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Hans J Wegner, Hay, Videos 2017-04-29

Why Scandi? Well, why not!

There’re certain values underpinning the Scandinavian style. One is environmental friendly production which has a long tradition in the Nordic countries. But in 2016 environmental friendly is not enough. Now we are in for the whole story; we want to know how, from where, by whom and of what the product is made.

Transparency is another Scandi style quality. In the iconic design from the Modernism until now there’s no hiding of materials used. On the contrary, you can easily detect that a Wegner ”Y-chair” is made of solid wood and paper cord. You’ll also know from where the wood is taken and how the paper cord is produced.

Making of the Wishbone Chair aka ”Y-chair” by Hans J Wegner, designed in 1949 and in production by Carl Hansen & Son since 1950. Solid hard wood and paper cord. Video copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

The lack of ornament of the classics has blended with new colour schemes and materials and transformed into contemporary. It might be minimalistic, but it is a ”friendly minimalism” where the reduced form comes forth as visual sustainability.
Marfa light, garden torch by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Smaller Objects (2015). Galvanized and powder coated steel. The dark anthracite grey colour also has a practical function – it is forgiving to the soot formed by burning. Photo copyright Smaller Objects.

Natural materials. In 2015 we learned that one of the most common materials of the Scandinavian and Nordic design, namely leather, is not as good as we thought. Instead the production of leather has proved multi toxic and carries a disturbing amount of abuse to and suffering by animals, humans and environment. We also learned that big scale production of wool is at risk becoming the next full scale disaster. Not long ago we also realized that production of cotton is a huge evironmental problem. Flax is popping up as a possibility for the future. But the Scandi designer of today also do hi-tech, perhaps most obvious with the lighting brands where the heritage of the Scandinavian traditions is used to create world leading design.

From growing flax to harvesting, preparing and spinning it into linen. Manhattan kitchen towel by Peter Condu for Klässbols (1981). Photo copyright Klässbols.

Busby light by Sam Hecht & Kim Colin/Industrial Facility for Wästberg (2015). The contemporary Scandi lamp is no longer a subject of electricity but of electronics. Printed circuit boards, micro-chips, diodes and interfaces are now the staple ingredients, giving us greater control, conserving energy and providing longer lifespans. Photo copyright Jara Varela/Wästberg.

Carl Hansen & Son, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Hans J Wegner, Videos, Wästberg 2016-01-17

Wegner and the 70s

CH417, the low side table with reversible tray, was originally designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1970. It has a clever construction with a round loose tray and a collapsible steel base. Wegner fitted the tray with a natural-coloured oak rim that surrounds and holds a thin black laminate surface on one side and a white laminate surface on the other. From May 2015 the reversible tray will also be available with surfaces in light oak veneer and smoked oak veneer.


The multifunctional, low side table with a slender steel base was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1970. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

Carl Hansen & Son, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Hans J Wegner 2015-03-01

Bar Bench by Wegner

…an all time favourite in the modernistic Scandi style: Bar Bench by Hans J Wegner (1953). Originally Wegner designed this bench for his own private entrance hall, but the same year he also designed the Upholstered Peacock Chair and as the two were often seen together the Bar Bench soon become well-known. Its use extended to all kinds of rooms, not the least museums and other public spaces. Bar Bench aka pp589 is produced by PP Möbler in Denmark.

Bar Bench by Wegner

Interior at Tönder Museum in Denmark. Photo copyright Jens Mourits Sörensen.

Eco Aesthetics, Hans J Wegner 2015-01-13

The Round One by Wegner 1949/2014

Hans J Wegner always referred to his chair PP501 as ”The Round One”. It became world famous in 1960 when John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon met in the first ever televised election debate, and both sat in (the upholstered version of) PP501. Ever since it has been called ”The Chair”.
This marvelous piece of furniture is now in production by PP Mobler in Denmark.

pp501 chair by Hans J Wegner

Architectual moves, Hans J Wegner, Scandimood 2014-02-02