for PP Mobler
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.
PP Møbler Collection
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.