for PP Mobler
Hans J. Wegner designed the PP68 Armchair for PP Mobler as his final basic chair, embodying his lifetime of experience and knowledge in furniture design. With the PP68, Wegner aimed to create a genuinely comfortable, practical, durable, and affordable chair, drawing upon all he had learned from his previous works.
Crafted from solid wood and joined with tenons, the PP68 showcases Wegner’s commitment to quality and strength. Each joint withstands an impressive one-ton of pulling power, ensuring the chair’s durability and longevity. The design also prioritizes comfort in various seating positions, allowing users to enjoy extended periods of sitting without discomfort.
In terms of practicality, the PP68 excels. The chair features short armrests, facilitating easy entry and movement around the chair. Its compact size fits well underneath a table, making it ideal for dining or workspace environments. Additionally, the chair can be conveniently hung from the tabletop, simplifying the cleaning process.
Furthermore, its affordability ensures that the PP68 can be accessible to many individuals. As Wegner’s final basic chair, the PP68 represents the culmination of his expertise and vision in furniture design. It’s timeless appeal, durability, and practicality make it a testament to Wegner’s enduring legacy and dedication to creating furniture that enriches everyday life.
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.
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