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The Ox Chair, by Hans J. Wegner, is an iconic piece of unmistakable presence – a bold, sculptural piece that challenged the understated aesthetic of Danish design at the time, with its dramatic headrest reminiscent of ox horns. It perfectly illustrates Wegner's organic and artistic approach and his constant desire to redefine traditional seating.
Originally made by A.P. Stolen, each Ox Chair was custom made and upholstered in wool. The complex upholstery made it very difficult to produce – especially the “horns” which were difficult to upholster and required both precision and muscle strength on the part of the upholsterer. Overpriced, the Ox Chair remained in production for only two short years.
Almost three decades later, in 1989, Wegner approached Erik Jørgensen in search of a cheaper construction method. Known for his cushioning expertise, Jørgensen rose to the occasion with an innovative solution, inspired by a trip to Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, where he saw the potential of foam rubber to optimize comfort.
The Ox Chair was thus relaunched at the Milan Furniture Fair and has since enjoyed continued success, due both to its unique aesthetics and its exceptional comfort – the wide “horn” allowing multiple seating positions.
Materials solid wood inner frame, moulded cold cured foam
Fabric or leather upholstery fixed with leather piping at arm and backrest
Base brushed stainless steel or powder coated steel
Dimensions chair 99 x 99 x H92 — seat height 36 cm
Dimensions ottoman / footstool 75 x 55 x H36 cm
Max Leather 95 cognac (leather price group 3) / brushed stainless steel
Clay fabric 12 (price group 2) / brushed stainless steel
Max Leather 93 indian red (leather price group 3) / brushed stainless steel
Grand Linen fabric 0024 (price group 1) / brushed stainless steel
Primo Leather 88 Black (leather price group 2)
/ brushed stainless steel
Vegeta Leather 90 Natural (leather price group 4)
/ brushed stainless steel
Divina Melange fabric 0227 (price group 3) / brushed stainless steel
Hallingdal fabric 110 (price group 2) / brushed stainless steel
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.