Rare Hans J. Wegner 'FH 1935' Four-Seat Sofa Bench
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Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, FH 1935 bench, walnut and beech, Denmark, design 1948, manufactured circa 1950
This rare and largest version ever made of the FH 1935 bench with sofa appeal by Hans J. Wegner. This piece is one of the results of Wegner's efforts in designing furniture with plywood shells. Wegner realized that molded plywood would become the furniture material of the future and thus he designed numerous variations of the 'Shell Chair'. The more common '1935' bench is executed as a two-seater, but Wegner doubled the size of this specific model that he designed in 1948.
GE1935 sofa, GE1936 easy chair and GE1937 coffee table were created for a design competition arranged by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1948. The pieces didn't win the competition, but received attention of the international press. The collection was produced by Fritz Hansen for only two years, and this specific four-seat model is one of its rarest models.
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.
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