Hans Wegner for RY Møbler Bookcase 'RY100' in Teak and Oak

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Hans J. Wegner for Ry Møbler, bookcase model 'RY100', teak, oak, maple, Denmark, 1960

This large bookcase consists of two separate cabinets, each with its own layout and construction. Both are asymmetrically structured and defined by the clear lines and the use of natural materials. The two pieces combined create a unique wall unit that offers plenty of space. The cabinet on the left features a chest of drawers and on top a compartment with shelves structures the interior which is covered by the sliding door panels. The other cabinet offers a compartment with sliding doors at the bottom and the upper part is furnished with shelves. The diverse arrangement of open and closed compartments allows the user to display their belongings such as books and artistic objects on the shelves or hide them behind the doors. The design convinces visually through the well-balanced appearance and stabile construction accomplished by the structural arrangement of forms that have a clearly defined structure, which is visually pleasing.

Hans 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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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Hans J. Wegner (Designer) Ry Møbler (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1960
  • dimensions Height 181 cm Width 200 cm Depth 51 cm
  • dimensions Height 71.26 in. Width 78.75 in. Depth 20.08 in.
  • material Maple Oak Teak
  • origin Denmark
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Barcode 50112857 + 50112858