Hans Wegner Set of Two Early 'ML-33' Rocking Chairs
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Hans Wegner for Mikael Laursen, set of two beech rocking chairs model ML-33, Denmark, 1940s.
These rocking chairs are an early design of Hans Wegner, produced by master-carver and cabinetmaker Mikael Laursen. Model ML-33 is known as the first rocking chair by Wegner. This model was first presented to the public at Købestævnet in Fredericia, 1942. It's one of only a few items of collaboration by Laursen and Wegner. The stained beech has a wonderful patina and is nicely "worn in." Floral patterns were carved into the wood with care and precision. The chair has a small footprint but yet is very comfortable and has a generous seating area.
Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most prolific furniture designers of the world. Wegner's furniture was designed with the greatest understanding of materials, construction techniques, and use. Wegner is known to be an excellent cabinet maker with thorough understanding of the materials he worked with, yet his greatest aim was to create expressive and exciting design. Although Wegner was a functionalist, he was not a rational dogmatist such as Kaare Klint, of whom he was a student. Instead, his designs sparkle with inventiveness and sculptural sense. But this never meant that his organic and sensuous forms left the strict rules of functionalism. At heart, Wegner was an idealist. He was relentless in his quest for the best chair: 'there is never one damn thing that cannot be made better'. But Wegner was aware of the fact that you cannot design the 'perfect' chair, which gave him the freedom to produce as much as possible. He left behind more than 3500 drawings and about 500 of his designs went into production. His designs feature in the UN Building and Seagram Building in New York, UNESCO's headquarters. NATO's headquarters in Paris, and several buildings by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.