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PP505 Cow Horn Chair

c. 1952

by Hans J. Wegner
for PP Mobler

PP505 Cow Horn Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  PP Mobler

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The 1952 PP505 Cow Horn Chair by Hans J. Wegner for PP Mobler is an exquis­ite creation that captures signif­i­cant style within a compact form.

Crafted from two pieces of solid wood, metic­u­lously chosen from the same larger plank to ensure a seam­less grain match, the chair’s design culmi­nates in a capti­vat­ing center joint adorned with contrast­ing tendons of rich cherry wood remi­nis­cent of grace­ful cow horns.
In a depar­ture from Wegn­er’s usual approach, the uphol­stery is expertly affixed directly to the seat rail, follow­ing the tradi­tional Danish crafts­man­ship tech­nique. This thought­ful detail­ing adds a touch of authen­tic­ity to the chair’s design, further accen­tu­at­ing its inherent beauty.

The PP505 Cow Horn Chair embod­ies the marriage of Wegn­er’s remark­able restraint in design and deep rever­ence for mate­ri­als, seam­lessly comple­mented by the unpar­al­leled crafts­man­ship of PP Møbler. Each element of this chair is care­fully consid­ered and flaw­lessly executed, result­ing in an excep­tional piece of furniture.


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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