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PP250 Valet Chair

c. 1953

by Hans J. Wegner
for PP Mobler

PP250 Valet Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  PP Mobler

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Hans J. Wegner made the Danish King Fred­erik IX wait two full years while he perfected the PP250 Valet Chair — and the King must have thought it was worth the wait, as he promptly ordered ten. Wegner’s three-legged beauty offers a hinged seat upon which pants can be folded and hung, and a back which serves as a hanger. Best of all, a box under the seat can hold secret keys, wallets, and other royal acces­sories. The result is an excep­tional marriage of Wegner’s restraint and deep respect for mate­ri­als, and PP Møbler’s unparalleled craftsmanship.

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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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