PP586 Fruit Bowl
for PP Møbler
PP Mobler’s small Fruit Bowl table is a masterpiece born from Hans Wegner’s exceptional design process. Departing from conventional constraints, Wegner employed the wood-turning technique to craft a large, standalone wooden disk. Unfettered by practical concerns typically associated with chair-making, Wegner embraced the freedom to create, resulting in a uniquely captivating design that stands as a testament to the expressive potential of solid wood.
This singular creation, the Fruit Bowl, stands alone in Wegner’s prolific portfolio, boasting an unparalleled design with no predecessor or alternative versions. It is a one-of-a-kind piece of art, a pinnacle of Wegner’s creativity that embodies the zenith of the golden era of Danish Modern in the 1950s. Elevate your space with this extraordinary expression of form and craftsmanship.
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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.