Hans Wegner Furniture
Hans Wegner Furniture is furniture created by the Danish designer Hans Jorgen Wegner.
Brief History and Description
Hans Jorgen Wegner was a successful Danish furniture designer whose contribution to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design cannot be overlooked. His designs belong to a modernist school with an emphasis on functionality. The most popular of his work are his chairs. After working for other designers for some time, Wegner became more attached to PP Mobler, which produced and continues to produce most of his designs today.
Until his death in 2007, he was active in designing furniture. One of the outstanding designs by Wegner is the ‘Hoop Chair’ which was designed in 1965. The Hoop Chair has a steel tube base although it was later changed to a production entirely made of wood in 1985 (for PP Mobler). Wegner is credited for designing furniture for PP Mobler, Fredericia Stolefabrik, Getama, Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen and Sons and other high profile furniture makers. He is credited for designing over 500 chairs and he retired from public life in his last decade alive.
Wegner has received a number of chairs which have won him major design prizes. Some the design prizes include the Lunniing Prize which he won in 1951 and the Grand Prix of the Milan Triennale also won in 1951. Wegner was also honored a honorary Royal designer for industry by the Royal Society of Arts in London. Wegner’s furniture is represented in various international collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Die Neue Samlung in Munich.
Guide for Collectors
For collectors who are interested in buying Wegner’s designs, there are a number of websites that offers some of Wegner’s designs. There is also the fact that most of his designs are still offered by some of the furniture makers that he worked for before his death. Those collectors who are looking for some of his landmark designs, there are a number of his designs that are at display in a number of international collections such as the Museum of Modern Arts in New York.
For collectors who are interested in the design, there are a number of websites that are offering the chairs for sale. Though most of them are replicas of the original designs, they still reflect on Wegner’s genius design. One of the websites that offers various products of Wegner is danishdesignstore.com which offers a number of his furniture for sale as well as giving details about the designs. Another equally important website is stardust.com which gives information about Wegner’s designs when he was working for Carl Hansen.
Notable Auction Sales
Most of Wegner’s furniture that has been put on auctions have realized prices ranging from $75 to $47,914. The prices are determined by the particular furniture and when it was designed. Most of the auctions sales that have realized substantial amount of money are of his chairs. Some of the notable auctions sales include an oak dining suite made in Denmark which realized a price of $4,240 when auctioned in South Kensington, London.
A Wegner designed Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman was auctioned at Rockefeller Plaza in New York and realized a price of $5,250. The most expensive auction sale was that of Ensemble De Dix Fauteuils 'The Chair', Le Modele Cree En 1949, Edite Par Johannes Hansen which was offered by Galerie Dansk, Paris. The auction’s estimated price was $11,192 - $16,787. However, the auction realized a price of $47,915. This auction was conducted on May 28th, 2009 in Paris, France.
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