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PP518 Bull Chair

c. 1961

by Hans J. Wegner
for PP Mobler

PP518 Bull Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  PP Mobler

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In a bold explo­ration of design, Hans J. Wegner magni­fies the essence of his iconic PP518 Bull Chair in his 1961 rendi­tion, elevat­ing it to heroic propor­tions. This remark­able creation embraces a sense of grandeur with its wide-spread armrests and an organic pres­ence that demands attention.

Crafted from two metic­u­lously selected pieces of solid wood, always derived from the same larger plank to ensure a harmo­nious grain match, the chair’s design culmi­nates in a capti­vat­ing center joint enhanced by contrast­ing tendons of rich cherry wood. This thought­ful detail­ing adds a touch of visual intrigue and further empha­sizes the chair’s artistry. Follow­ing the tradi­tional Danish crafts­man­ship tech­nique, the uphol­stery is expertly affixed directly to the seat rail.

The result is an extra­or­di­nary marriage of Wegn­er’s remark­able restraint in design, his rever­ence for mate­ri­als, and PP Møbler’s unpar­al­leled crafts­man­ship. Every element of the chair reflects a harmo­nious balance between form and func­tion, result­ing in a piece that tran­scends mere furni­ture to become a work of art.


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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