Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen Pair of Dining Chairs in Cognac Leather and Oak
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Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, pair of four dining chairs model ‘C23’, oak, teak, cognac leather, Denmark, designed in 1950
The chair model ‘C23’ features sophisticated details that characterize Wegner’s well-known designs. Per example, note the wood joints in shape of a crucifix that highlight the oak wooden backrest. As one of the first exclusively for Carl Hansen designed chairs, the ‘C23’ surprises the user until today with a combination of Danish elegance and comfort. The seating is upholstered in cognac leather which is in good condition.
Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most prolific furniture designers of the world. Wegner was born in 1914 in Denmark and began his apprenticeship with Danish master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg when he was fourteen years old. Afterwards, he moved to Copenhagen and attended the School of Arts and Crafts between 1936 and 1938. In 1938, he was approached by the architects and designers Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller. It was also during this period that he started to collaborate with cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. In 1943, he established his own studio, and he became one of the most renowned and creative Danish furniture designers. Wegner's furniture was designed with the greatest understanding of materials, construction techniques, and use. Wegner is known to have 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'. However, Wegner was aware that he could not create 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.
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