PP701 Minimal Chair
for PP Mobler
In 1965 Wegner completed his house in Gentofte, north of Copenhagen, where he lived with his family for 40 years. Wegner designed every detail of the house, down to the placement of each stone in the walls. All cabinets, windows and doors, furniture, and even a couple of lamps.
As a minimalistic version of the PP518 Bull Chair, PP701 Minimal Chair was explicitly designed to fit the dining room.
With the frame reduced using stainless steel, Wegner reserved solid wood for the part that is closest to the human body: the arm and backrest. This part is further reduced to the extent where the central joints used in the Bull Chair are no longer adequate. Wegner then introduced an upper and lower piece to connect the two armrests, and thus the Bull Chair center joints transformed into the characteristic center cross.
PP Møbler Collection
Hans J. Wegner
Designing approximately 500 products in his lifetime, many of them chairs, Hans J. Wegner was a prolific talent whose designs have become synonymous with modern Danish design. He dreamed up his famous CH24 chair, or Wishbone chair, for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it instantly became a bestseller. Still today, the chair is ubiquitous in residences, restaurants, offices, and other spaces around the world.
At age 14, Wegner apprenticed with Danish master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg, a training that would lead to the expert joinery and technique that emerged in his own furniture. He carried a deep respect for wood and the material allowed him to introduce a natural and organic sensibility to the minimalist and functional forms he designed. In the 1940’s, he worked for Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen designing furniture for the Aarhus City Hall in Denmark before establishing his own furniture studio.
Wegner collaborated with Carl Hansen & Søn on numerous iconic pieces and the Danish manufacturer continues to produce many of his artful creations, such as the CH07 Shell chair and CH20 Elbow chair.