Hans Wegner Cabinet in Teak circa 1955
Hans Wegner for Ry Møbler, cabinet RY20, teak, Denmark, 1950s.
This cabinet is executed in teak and is typical for midcentury Scandinavian design. The cabinet features a base with four cylindrical legs that function as connective elements for the bottom section and upper section. The bottom unit has six drawers and have two handles each. The bottom unit has two tambour doors. Behind the tambour doors are several larger and smaller shelves. The cabinet features typical Danish design features such as rounded details, use of a noble wood, modest aesthetics and all in a well executed high-quality cabinet.
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. Measures: 8.5mt/28ft.