"Many foreigners have asked me how we made the Danish style. And I've answered that it...was rather a continuous process of purification, and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat and combined top rail and arm rest." - Hans Wegner
As a continuation of our designer series, we wanted to make today all about Hans Wegner! Hans Wegner is one of our favorite Danish designers, so learning about his background was fun and insightful.
As a child, Hans Wegner worked as an apprentice to master cabinet maker, HF Wahlberg. It was during this apprenticeship that he realized his affection for wood. Upon completion of his apprenticeship at age 17, Hans continued to work here for 3 more years before studying at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts.
Hans then began to work for Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen. Afterwards, he began designing furniture with Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller for Arhus Town Hall before finally continuing on to establish his own studio.
Hans Wegner is best known for his designs using wood and leather, but did experiment with laminets occasionally. During his career, Hans Wegner won several major design awards.