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PP503 Round Chair

c. 1950

by Hans J. Wegner
for PP Mobler

PP503 Round Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  PP Mobler

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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

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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