Hans J. Wegner 'B123' Conference in Moss Green Velvet
Hans J. Wegner for Plan Møbler, armchair 'Model B123', darkened mahogany, moss green upholstery, Denmark, design 1940.
The easy chair 'B123' was designed by Hans J. Wegner during the period that he worked in the Jacobsen Office. In his second year at school, Wegner was invited to make all the furnishings for The Aarhus City Hall. These chairs were thus uniquely designed to fit the building. The building was designed by architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller. The design of this conference chair is simplistic, yet has something royal due its wide appearance. The frame is made of darkened mahogany, which gives a luxurious feel in combination with the moss green velvet upholstery. The characteristic angular joint of the armrest is a trademark of Wegner's early work.
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.
Olesen, Christian Holmsted. Wegner. Just one good chair. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014, p. 154.