Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he finished his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with H. F. Stahlberg, in whose workshops Wegner’s first design experiments took form. He moved to Copenhagen as a 20 year-old, and attended the School of Arts and Crafts from 1936 – 1938 before he began working as an architect. As a young architect, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Århus, working on furniture design for the new Århus city hall in 1940. It was during the same year that Wegner began collaborating with master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, who was a driving force in bringing new furniture design to the Danish public.
Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive. He is often referred to as the master of the chair – having designed more than 500 of them; many of these are considered masterpieces of chair design and continue to be collector’s items around the world.
Simple, functional, and thoughtfully made, this 1962 Wegner design demonstrates the influence of Shaker furniture principles and craftsmanship on Wegner’s aesthetic. Of course, the master of chair design infused the CH37 dining chair with his own subtle touches. The legs taper off slightly toward the floor, creating a light, elegant appearance. The top of the curved back is more rounded than the bottom, enhancing back support. The frame and beautifully hand-woven paper cord seat, while appearing delicate, are sturdily constructed to comfortably seat generations.
23"W X 20"D X 32"H, Seat Height: 18", Arm Height: 27"