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PP502 Swivel Chair

c. 1955

by Hans J. Wegner
for PP Mobler

PP502 Swivel Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  PP Mobler

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Hans J. Wegner created the 1955 PP502 Swivel Chair for PP Mobler to surpass the success of his iconic Round Chair. This elegant master­piece exudes time­less beauty and incor­po­rates ergonomic consid­er­a­tions to enhance the user’s comfort.

With a solid wood top rail care­fully sepa­rated from the frame and strate­gi­cally posi­tioned for ergonomic align­ment, the PP502 Swivel Chair epit­o­mizes Wegn­er’s unwa­ver­ing commit­ment to aesthet­ics and func­tion­al­ity. The silver soldered stain­less steel frame not only lends an air of sophis­ti­ca­tion but also boasts an elegant height adjust­ment feature, allow­ing for person­al­ized customiza­tion. The chair’s clean lines and excep­tional crafts­man­ship are comple­mented by the pris­tine leather uphol­stery, which adds a refined finishing touch.

The result is an extra­or­di­nary fusion of form, func­tion, and artistry. The PP502 Swivel Chair is a testa­ment to Wegn­er’s unre­lent­ing pursuit of excel­lence and PP Møbler’s commit­ment to creat­ing furni­ture of the highest caliber.

Hans J. Wegner

Denmark (1914–2007)

If Danish modernism is best known and beloved for the use of traditional techniques to emphasize materiality—graceful curves honoring the grain of fine walnut, for example—that’s thanks in large part to Hans J. Wegner. Born in southern Denmark, at 14 Wegner began an apprenticeship with Danish master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg, where he honed a preternatural talent and learned skills he’d bring to bear throughout a career lasting some eighty years and full of design masterpieces.

While studying at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, Wegner worked for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller on a range of furniture for the Aarhus City Hall. Four years after graduation, he had showcased a chair at the Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry, and opened his own firm. Sculptural, surprisingly comfortable seating became Wegner’s trademark: for Fritz Hansen, the floating Chinese chairs; for Carl Hansen & Sons, he designed the instant classic Wishbone, Shell, and Elbow chairs; for PP Møbler, the cozy Papa Bear, iconic Round, and buoyant Circle chairs; and countless others, most still in production.

Wegner retired in 1993 and died fourteen years later, but his work lives on in its ubiquity across residential, hospitality, and corporate design—not to mention the Museum Sønderjylland’s permanent exhibition of the three dozen chairs he felt were his very best in a water tour in his hometown of Tønder.

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