Hans J. Wegner (b. Tønder 1914, d. Gentofte 2007)

“The Chair”. A mahogany armchair, upholstered in seat with black leather. Model JH 503. Designed 1949. Made and marked with metal sign by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen.

“The Chair” was first presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' 23th Guild Exhibition at Design Museum Denmark 1949, in a version with woven cane in seat and back, the year after this version with upholstered seat came out. “The Chair” was used by John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon at the legendary televised debates during the presidential election in 1960.

Literature: Grete Jalk [ed.], “40 Years of Danish Furniture Design”, Vol. 3, p. 98–101 and p. 140–142.

Noritsugu Oda, “Danish Chairs”, 1999, p. 108–109.

Johan Møller Nielsen, “Wegner en dansk Møbelkunstner”, 1965, p. 44–45.

Per H. Hansen & Klaus Petersen, “Moderne dansk møbeldesign”, 2007, p. 145.


Wear due to age and use. Marks and scratches.


Modern art and design, 2 November 2021


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