Hans J. Wegner is widely considered to be one of the leading figures in 20th century furniture design.
Born in Tønder Wegner was a master carpenter first and a designer second. His furniture is renowned for perfectly finished joints and exquisite tactile forms, together with a deep respect for the wood. He gave minimalism an organic and natural softness. He is considered as “the master chair-maker” and designed more than 500 pieces of furniture during the course of his life. Wegner was a driving force in the “Danish Modern” movement that changed the way people looked at furniture in the 1950s and 1960’s.
The list of famous Wegner chairs is long but most people would be familiar with; The China Chair, The Bone Chair or The round Chair later renamed “The Chair” when it became ever so popular in the US. And finally – although there are so many to choose from – The Papa Bear Chair, the name was given after a critic described sitting in it, as being hugged by a huge teddy bear.
A major collection of these and other of his chairs are permanently exhibited in a disused water tower in Tønder in connection with Tønder Art Museum.