PP512 Folding Chair
for PP Møbler
The PP512 Folding Chair from PP Møbler debuted alongside the Round Chair at the 1949 Cabinet Makers’ Guild’s Autumn Exhibition, marking a breakthrough moment for Hans Wegner. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Barcelona Chair by Bauhaus architect Mies van der Rohe, Wegner infused his unique touch by introducing a folding mechanism that enhanced stability, all while using pure natural materials.
The wooden handles, serving as hand-rests, intersect with the cane seat in a way that creates a harmonious balance, avoiding the risk of the cane work appearing overdone.
The modern and minimalistic construction of the Folding Chair showcases Wegner’s mastery of handling two fundamental natural materials: solid wood and cane. Its straightforward and elegant design offers a tangible experience of quality materials, providing comfort and visual appeal. When neatly folded and hung on the wall, the Folding Chair transforms into a beautiful piece of art, further emphasizing Wegner’s ability to blend functionality with aesthetic beauty.
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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.
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