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Designed in 1944, Wegner 's J16 rocking chair with its sensually curved arms was inspired by traditional Windsor and Shaker furniture, fused with Wegner’s poetic lines. Hans J. Wegner showed an early interest in the rocking chair as a design object and J16 was one of his first chairs that was put into production.
The very first version of the rocking chair was designed in 1944 and after a process to make the chair easier to produce and with help from Danish designer Børge Mogensen the production could start. Wegner’s J16 has proved so viable that it has been in demand ever since it first came on the market.
Rocking chair 63 x D93 x H107 cm – Seat height 42 cm
Footrest 52 x D40 x H45 cm
Seat paper cord
Frame solid oak or walnut
Rocking chair - soaped oak
Rocking chair - oiled oak
Footrest / Stool - soaped oak
Neck cushion - Max black leather
Rocking chair - black lacquered oak
Footrest / Stool - black lacquered oak
Neck cushion + Seat cushion + Back cushion
Omni 301 leather
Rocking chair - oiled walnut
Footrest / Stool - oiled walnut
Neck cushion - Primo 86-1 leather
Seat cushion - Primo 86-1 leather
Neck cushion + Seat cushion + back cushion
Primo 86-1 leather
Hans J. Wegner
«A chair should not have a back that needs to be hidden. It should be beautiful from all sides and from all angles. »
Hans J. Wegner
A world-renowned designer of iconic Danish chairs, Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) insisted on infusing his functional designs with a poetic and playful touch. Wegner's essential rocking chair, the J16, was designed as part of a program to popularize the idea of simple modernism led by Børge Mogensen in 1940s Denmark.
Hans J. Wegner is acclaimed for his chair designs that made Danish mid-century design popular internationally. He began his career as a cabinetmaker in 1932, then studied at the Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts with his colleague and friend, Børge Mogensen, born the same year as him. Over a long and productive life, Wegner designed around 500 chairs, many of which became popular classics that are still in production today.
As a child, Wegner showed a keen interest in woodcarving and often visited the local museum for inspiration from the statues. Later, he abandoned wood carving, but carried away his fascination for this material and sculpture when he trained as a furniture maker and designer.
Wegner's design reflects his understanding that a chair is a piece of furniture in close contact with the human body, a fact that places high demands on comfort and ergonomics. His training in furniture making fueled his love of wood and uses his unique talent to master the grain of wood and create surprising sculptural lines.
Wegner's furniture is exhibited in prestigious design museums around the world and his work has received several distinctions and awards, such as the Lunning Prize in 1951 or the 8th International Design Prize in 1997. He was also named Honorary Doctor at the Royal College of Art in London.
Throughout his impressive career, Hans J. Wegner designed over 500 pieces of furniture, of which the Ox chair was his favorite. His designs have, over time, won numerous international awards and many have achieved iconic status around the world.