Hans J. Wegner


Tafellamp model ‘Opala’



Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007)

Tafellamp model ‘Opala’

Grijs gelakt metaal en acryl

H: 60cm

Gemaakt door Louis Poulsen

Denemarken, 1973

Hans Jørgensen Wegner

Hans Jørgensen Wegner (1914-2007), was a world-renowned Danish furniture designer. His high quality and thoughtful work, along with a concerted effort from several of his manufacturers, contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His style is often described as Organic Functionality, a modernist school with emphasis on functionality. In his lifetime he designed over 500 different chairs, over 100 of which were put into mass production and many of which have become recognizable design icons.

He went to technical college, and then to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and the Architectural Academy in Copenhagen.

Wegner decided to become a designer with the aim of producing and selling his furniture. Therefore, in 1936, he began studies at what is now The Danish Design School, with O. Mølgaard Nielsen as teacher.

Wegner worked for some time for Arne Jacobsen, a successful Danish architect and designer. After some years under Jacobsen, Wegner started his own company. Along with fellow architect Børge Mogensen, he designed furniture for FDB (a Danish chain of grocery stores), spearheaded by Erik Kold - who founded an organization of Danish furniture makers that launched Danish design abroad.

In his later years Wegner became more attached to PP Møbler (which produces many of pieces originally designed for Johannes Hansen) and for whom he designed several chairs late in his life. He remained active throughout his life.

Many of Wegner's wooden chairs are characterized by traditional joinery techniques including mortise and tenons, finger joints, and sculpted elements such as armrests and seat supports. Wegner also utilized traditional construction for upholstered pieces, and often mixed materials such as solid wood, plywood, metal, upholstery, caning, and papercord.

Wegner said of his work "I have always wanted to make unexceptional things of an exceptionally high quality...".