PP201 First Chair
for PP Møbler
The pp201 First Chair is a pivotal achievement in the enduring partnership between Hans J. Wegner and PP Møbler, marking a significant milestone in their close collaboration. Until 1969, PP Møbler had served as more of a creative space for Wegner than a conventional business partner.
With the introduction of the pp201 First Chair, Wegner embarked on a transformative journey by reimagining the traditional Chinese Chair. This masterpiece seamlessly blends the aesthetics of the pp701 Minimal Chair with the construction principles of the pp66 Chinese Chair, resulting in a new expression that captures Wegner’s innovative spirit.
The pp201 First Chair features a strict geometrically defined frame that elegantly supports the organic shapes emblematic of Wegner’s work in the 1950s. This harmonious fusion of geometric precision and organic forms creates a chair that is visually striking and a testament to Wegner’s ability to push the boundaries of design.
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Hans J. Wegner
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.