Hans Wegner (1914-2007) was one of Denmark’s most prolific and productive designers. With a career spanning five decades, he designed more than 1000 pieces of furniture, at least half of them chairs. Although not all were put into production, they are a testament to his dedication to design and his ongoing mission to create furniture that is “perfect to the fullest extent of what is possible.” Staying true to his design intentions, Wegner’s furniture embodies comfort, simplicity, and grace.
Hans Wegner was one of Denmark’s most prolific and productive designers. Spanning five decades, he designed more than 1000 pieces of furniture – at least half of them chairs – and although not all were put into production, they are a testament to his dedication to design and his ongoing mission to create furniture that is “perfect to the fullest extent of what is possible.”
With such a body of work, it is no surprise that Vampt Vintage Designs has many examples of Wegner’s furniture. From the rare to the ubiquitous, Vampt stocks Wegner’s finest furniture – original to the period in which he designed it and the Danish manufacturers produced. In typical Wegner fashion, all embody comfort, simplicity, and grace.
Here’s a small selection of Wegner pieces you can currently find at Vampt Vintage.
Daybed, GE258. Designed by Hans Wegner, 1954. Produced by Getama Gedsted. Available at Vampt Vintage Design.
Daybed, GE258, 1954
Wegner, like all the renowned Scandinavians, recognised the value and importance of designing and crafting functional and versatile furniture. He created this couch to not only simply and easily convert into a comfortable daybed, but also to provide additional space (in the backrest) for storing the bedding.
Dining Chair, CH33, 1957
An original CH33 dining chair is a very rare item to find. Wegner designed the chair in 1957, using a solid wood frame and veneer seat and back, for production by Carl Hansen & Son. Carl Hansen produced it for only ten years – not reintroducing it again until 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of Wegner’s birth. Like much of Wegner’s work, it is light and graceful yet robust. Rounded, attenuated forms visually connect each part of the chair, and it’s slender, tapering legs belie its sturdy construction. Functionally, it could work as either a dining chair or a sculptural addition to any room.
Dining Chair CH33. Designed by Hans Wegner, 1957. Produced by Carl Hansen & Son, Available at Vampt Vintage Design.
Cigaren Sofa GE240 .Designed by Hans Wegner, 1955. Produced by Getama Gedsted. Available at Vampt Vintage Design.
Cigaren Sofa, GE 240, 1955
Wegner’s Cigaren range, which included armchairs, 2 seater and 3 seater sofas produced by Getama Gedsted is aptly named for its cigar shaped-tripod legs. Its rounded, flattened armrests also provide an interesting design element, connecting in a ‘U’ shape around the back of the chair.
Cross-Leg Table, AT303, 1955
Wegner designed the AT303 Cross-leg table in 1955, produced by Andreas Tuck, to be both elegant and sturdy – as any table should be. Utilising metal stretchers for cross construction he designed a table that is minimalist and light while being strong and robust. Wegner incorporated rounded and tapering legs –flattened at the intersection – that make the table appear to sit lightly on the floor.
Cross-leg table, AT303. Designed by Hans Wegner, 1955. Produced by Andreas Tuck. Available at Vampt Vintage Design.