Mid Century Modern - DONE RIGHT!
Not too long ago I came upon a chair I fell in love with at an estate sale. I haggled the price down a bit and kept pinching myself, as I hauled it home, that I had actually purchased such a beautiful chair.
I didn’t know a thing about it . . . I just knew I liked it.
That led to me researching where the chair came from and who designed it.
I learned all about the world renowned Danish furniture designer Hans Jørgensen Wegner. He was born in 1914 and lived until 2007. Wegner was big in the mid-century movement called "danish design". Having a grandfather that came from Denmark, this made my chair a bit more special, but you don’t need to be a Dane to appreciate the beautiful designing this man did.
A little sidebar here “What’s Danish Design” you might wonder, I did , and I found out that Danish Design is a style of design and architecture that was developed in mid-20th century. It was simply the belief in function over form. These designers combined technology and functionality to design buildings, furniture, and household objects using simplicity as their guiding premise.
Hans J. Wegner is considered among the greatest of furniture designers. And he must also have been one of the most productive, since we today can count more than 1000 models. His designs have been described as 'timeless', and 'everlasting'. Of course his furniture, in large part is still produced today by several companies specializing in mid-century modern.
He is the undisputed master of Danish chair design. His chairs have become internationally recognized classics. To Wegner, a chair isn't just a piece of furniture, but a work of art made to support the human form.
Wegner left a remarkable legacy of design and craftsmanship for all of us to continue to enjoy, especially those of us who love “all things Mid Century modern.”
This new found love of Wegner and his chairs of course led me on a creative jaunt - I drew a few of his famous chairs - loved learning about there history and putting my own little spin on them. Below you'll find the chairs I've done and the little Wegner Chair chart I put together (of course I've given his chairs a bit of a folksy twist) - they are all available in my shop.