PP505 Cow Horn Chair
for PP Mobler
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
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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