Hans J. Wegner Set of Four Heart Chairs in Oak and Cognac Leather
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Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, set of 4 heart chairs FH4103, leather and teak, Denmark, 1953.
These dining chairs are designed by Hans Wegner in 1952. These chairs are designed to take up as little space as possible whilst at the same time having a simplistic, natural and timeless aesthetics. The chairs have only three legs, so they can be shoved all the way around a table. The top rail of each heart chair is made of a solid piece of wood, in this case oak. This set is a great way to bring a solid, Classic Scandinavian design icon in your interior.
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.
Literature: Olesen, Christian Holmsted. Wegner. Just one good chair. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014, p. 118, 126, 137, 141, 237.