Hans Wegner known as Hans Jørgen Wegner (1914-2007) is widely considered to be one of the worlds most influential leading forces of 20th century Scandinavian modern furniture design. He is the undisputed master of the Danish modern movement that swept the world by storm during the middle of the 20th century. Hans Wegner is one of the first names that comes to mind when one thinks of Danish Modern, together with other notable designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Poul Henningsen and Nanna Ditzel. The furniture by Hans Wegner is renowned for its simplicity, but is a source of both material and spiritual abundance. It typifies a timeless sense of Scandinavian modernism. Prominent examples of the quality modern furniture collection designed by Hans Wegner include the Wegner CH07 Shell Chair, Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair, Wegner CH445 Wing Chair among numerous others.
Hans Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he finished his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with H. F. Stahlberg. It is here that Hans Wegner first furniture experiments took form. When he was 20 years old, Hans Wegner moved to Copenhagen where he attended the School of Arts and Crafts from 1936 – 1938. Hans Wegner started his career as an architect and his architectural skills would remain clearly visible in the furniture he designed during his later career as a furniture designer. As a young architect, Hans Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Århus, working on furniture design for the new Århus city hall in 1940. It was during the same year that Hans Wegner began collaborating with the master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, who was a driving force in bringing new modern furniture design to the Danish public.
Hans Wegner started his own design office in 1943. It was in 1944 that he designed the first "Chinese chair" in a series of new chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. One of these chairs, the "Wishbone Chair", designed in 1949 and produced by Carl Hansen & Son in Odense since 1950, became the most successful of all Wegner chairs and is still available today through stardust.com.
Among Danish furniture designers, Hans Wegner has left one of the most creative and productive catalog raisonnes. He received practically every major recognition given to designers, including the coveted Lunning prize, the grand prix of the Milan Triennale, Sweden's Prince Eugen medal and the Danish Eckersberg medal. Almost all of the major design museums – from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich – include his furniture in their collections.