Hans J. Wegner Rare 'JH571' Desk in Oak

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Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen, desk JH571, teak, oak and metal, Denmark, 1953

Wegner designed the JH571 desk in 1953. It features a rectangular tabletop, beneath hanging two drawers with keywhole on each side. Two paired legs on the short side are not only interconnected between each other but also have a diagonal bar stabilizing the stand. The details of the connections of the pieces, design of the handles and just the overall appearance of this well-balanced desk makes it pleasing to look at.

Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most profilic 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.

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • Creator Hans J. Wegner Designer Johannes Hansen Manufacturer
  • Date of Manufacture 1953
  • Dimensions Height 28.75 in. Width 76.78 in. Depth 35.44 in.
  • Dimensions Height 73 cm Width 195 cm Depth 90 cm
  • Materials and Techniques Oak Teak Metal
  • Period 1950-1959
  • Place of Origin Denmark
  • Style Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)