Pair of Aarhus City Hall Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
Hans J. Wegner for Plan Møbler, pair of armchairs 'Model B 123' to be reupholstered, oak, dark upholstery, Denmark, design 1942
A pair of oak armchairs that will be reupholstered upon request. This model B 123, was designed by Wegner when he worked in the Jacobsen Office. The chairs are made of oak that shows an admirable patina due to age and use. The design of the conference chair is simplistic, yet has something royal due it's wide appearance. In his second year at school, Wegner was invited to make all the furnishings for The Aarhus City Hall. These chairs were thus uniquely designed to fit the building. The building was designed by architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller.
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.