PP503 Round Chair
for PP Mobler
In 1960, Hans J. Wegner’s masterpiece, now famously known as The Round Chair, made a lasting impression on two prominent figures: John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. This iconic chair had already redefined the Danish furniture marketplace, and its exceptional design captured the attention of the American market, earning it the simple yet fitting name, The Round Chair.
The Round Chair, PP503, represents Wegner’s unrivaled craftsmanship and deep respect for materials. Carved from a solid 5‑inch piece of wood, it showcases Wegner’s meticulous attention to detail and ability to create harmonious and elegant forms. The chair features an upholstered seat, adding extra comfort to its striking design.
Wegner’s restraint in design is evident in The Round Chair. Its clean lines and organic curves exude a sense of timeless beauty, while solid wood highlights the natural characteristics and warmth of the material. PP Møbler’s unparalleled craftsmanship brings Wegner’s vision to life, ensuring that every detail is executed precisely.
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.
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