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PP68 Armchair

c. 1987

by Hans J. Wegner
for PP Mobler

PP68 Armchair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  PP Mobler

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For Hans J. Wegner, in 1987, 73 years old, he designed the PP68 as his final basic chair, a genuinely comfort­able, prac­ti­cal, durable, and afford­able chair. Bene­fit­ting from a life­time of expe­ri­ence with furni­ture design, he was deter­mined to let this partic­u­lar design be guided by all he had learned from his previous works.

Compris­ing solid wood joined with tenons proved by testing each joint to with­stand one ton of pulling strength. In addi­tion, PP68 is designed to be comfort­able in alter­nate seating posi­tions, making it a delight­ful expe­ri­ence to be seated for hours. 

PP68, along with the PP58, are opti­mized to be prac­ti­cal. The short armrests make it easy to enter and move around the chair. It fits well under­neath the table, and it can also hang from the table­top to make cleaning easier.

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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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