Wegner Chairs for the Benefit of Ukraine’s Children

In cooperation with the furniture workshop PP Møbler, we are auctioning off two Hans J. Wegner Baljestole (“Tub Chairs”) at a charity auction here at bruun-rasmussen.dk on 9 August at 7:30pm. All of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Børns Vilkår (“Children's Welfare”) for the benefit of Ukraine’s children.

In 1954, the famous Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007) designed “Baljestolen” for the 28th annual furniture exhibition of the Cabinetmakers' Guild to mark the Copenhagen Guild’s 400-year centenary. This sculptural piece is part of the shell design that Wegner used in several other chairs he designed.  

The two one-of-a-kind specimens are made of Danish ash wood and upholstered in yellow and blue Blans wool designed by Hanne Vedel and inspired by the colours of the Ukrainian flag. The backs are adjustable and the chairs have been specially made for charity by PP Møbler.

Support the Children in Ukraine

Prompted by the war in Ukraine, PP Møbler has taken the initiative to produce the two special editions of Wegner’s tub chair to support children who are victims of the war in their homeland. The chairs have been donated by PP Møbler and the textiles by Kjellerup Væveri. Bruun Rasmussen is making its auction platform available and will not charge any fees in connection with the sale. In addition, Marianne and Eva Wegner have waived their claim to resale royalties. This means the auction proceeds will be donated in full to the important work Børns Vilkår is doing for Ukrainian children.

Want to see the Chairs?

You can view one specimen of the chair in our department at Søren Frichs Vej 34 D, Aarhus, and the other at Sundkrogsgade 30, Copenhagen, where they will be on display up until the day of the auction. See opening hours

Online Auction

Hans J. Wegner “tub chairs” – sold for the benefit of Ukraine’s children

Tuesday 9 August 7:30pm

About the Masterful Designer of the Chair

“Nothing that you make is final!” That was Wegner’s assessment in 1992, as he looked back on a lifetime of furniture art. For him, the perfect piece of furniture was a utopian idea. This perception was reflected in a special method of working that he followed throughout his life. Many of his pieces served as archetypes, which were later further developed in other variations. Therefore, you can see echoes of “Kinastolen” (the Chinese chair) in the "Y Chair“, just as the shell design and collapsible furniture became a recurring theme for him. So, Wegner was not afraid to experiment. He considered each attempt a step along the road, and misfires were part of the creative process. He developed his distinctive design as a combination of modern functional shapes and old Danish craftsmanship traditions. The result is a wide range of furniture, full of poetry, dynamism and imagination – and still on the wish list of many design enthusiasts worldwide.

Wegner’s story is also the tale of the son of a shoemaker from Tønder. Even as a boy, he carved out figures from wooden blocks, which he picked up from the local carpenter Stahlberg, where he would later learn his trade. After qualifying as a cabinetmaker in his hometown, he moved to Copenhagen in 1935 for his compulsory military service. Here, he visited furniture exhibitions of the Cabinetmakers’ Guild. Realising that he needed to upgrade his skills, he enrolled at the furniture design school of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1936. However, before Wegner could complete his training as a furniture designer, he was employed by Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen in 1938 to design the furniture for the new town hall in Aarhus. 

This dual background paved the way for his deep understanding of wood’s characteristics and his outstanding sense of design. However, beyond a grasp of aesthetic and the principles of craftsmanship, he also created his furniture based on in-depth analysis of body postures. Wegner was a leading influence on the design idiom of the 1950s, and to this day he is still considered one of the most distinguished and productive designers in Denmark. Together with his colleague Finn Juhl, he put Danish furniture art on the world map, and the two became the key exponents of “Danish Modern”.

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Peter Tholstrup

Specialist / Modern Decorative Art & Design / Aarhus