Pair of Airport Slipper Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
Hans J. Wegner, set of two Airport lounge chairs, leather and metal, Denmark, 1958.
This pair of Airport chairs are designed by Hans Wegner in 1958. Although not specifically designed for airports, the chair thanks its name to the Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport, that was furnished with similar chairs. The chairs are simplistic yet strong in its design with black leather upholstery, the metal base and metal details on the side. These chairs are a great example of Wegner's work in thin upholstery that is yet still highly comfortable and strong; Wegner proved that upholstered furniture did not have to be large and overstuffed.
The black leather upholstery is in good condition, with minor traces of age and use.
The chairs are finished with a metal label of the "Danish Furniture Control, which indicates it's an early version of this model.
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.
Literature: Olesen, Christian Holmsted. Wegner. Just one good chair. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014, p. 212.