PP530 Tub Chair
for PP Møbler
Step into the legacy of design excellence with PP Møbler’s Tub Chair, a groundbreaking creation conceived by Hans Wegner in 1954. Representing the pinnacle of shell chair innovation, this masterpiece features an intricately crafted double-bent shell, marrying two distinct shapes — one bent and the other both bent and twisted. Beyond its complex back, the Tub Chair embodies a seamless fusion of molded plywood, upholstery, and traditional solid wood craftsmanship, showcasing Wegner’s visionary approach.
Wegner’s daring spirit and innovative prowess shine through in the Tub Chair, a remarkable synthesis of art and function. This chair, boasting a metal angle adjustment mechanism for the back, not only captivates with its design but also delivers practicality, usability, and unparalleled comfort. Initially deemed technically unattainable during Wegner’s lifetime, the Tub Chair was resurrected by PP Møbler in 2014, paying homage to Wegner’s centennial with a limited edition that transcends time and sophistication.
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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.