Hans J. Wegner OX 'King' Easy Chair in Black Leather
Hans J. Wegner, OX 'King' lounge chair, leather and metal, Denmark, 1960
The 'AP46' OX-Chair is designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1960. A wonderful piece which was Wegner's favorite chair at home. The chair is also known by the name 'King Chair', and of course Wegner designed an additional Queen as well.
The King OX chair features a bold and heavy seat that is in contrast with the thin and delicate looking frame. Characterized by its pumped-up "Torso", the chair is finished with a large wingback, reminding of animal horns. The chair's appearance is humoristic, almost cartoonist and references to contemporary art. The leather is in good condition, with minor signs of age and use.
Oda, Noritsugu. Danish chairs. San Francisco: Chronicle books, 1996. p. 212.
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.