PP266 Chinese Bench
for PP Møbler
Hans Wegner’s design prowess reached new heights when creating the pp266 Chinese Bench, a testament to his confidence in the strength and agility of the iconic pp66 Chinese Chair. In this unique endeavor, Wegner embraced the challenge of transitioning from a wooden armchair to a bench.
The Chinese Bench initially existed as a prototype until 1991, when it finally found its way into production, thanks to the pioneering experiments at PP Møbler with the pre-compression wood bending technique. This innovative approach allowed for the enhancement of several Wegner designs and paved the way for the realization of the Chinese Bench after careful deliberation.
Crafting the Chinese Bench presents a formidable challenge to even the most skilled artisans, not only due to the intricacies of the woodwork but also the long paper cord seat. The seat requires exceptional precision to achieve a linear appearance, adding an extra layer of complexity to the meticulous craftsmanship involved.
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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.