PP62 Captains Chair
for PP Møbler
Among Hans J. Wegner’s extensive portfolio, the pp62 Captain’s Chair for PP Møbler embodies static grace and classic design. With its strictly geometrical frame, this chair is a testament to Wegner’s pursuit of visual appeal and state-of-the-art comfort.
Designed as a statement of essential Wegner chair characteristics, the Captain’s Chair reflects the enduring friendship between Wegner, Ejnar Pedersen, and the staff of PP Møbler. Its design seamlessly combines elegance with functionality, showcasing Wegner’s commitment to creating chairs that stand the test of time.
The chair, crafted with meticulous precision, harmoniously merges a length of steam-bent wood with two pieces of solid wood, cut from a 2½-inch plank and paired. This sophisticated construction, adorned with contrasting veneer, not only delivers unparalleled comfort akin to the Round Chair but does so with a nuanced demand on timber size.
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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.