The rocking chair was a common piece of furniture in traditional American Shaker furniture and culture – a Christian community founded in the mid-18th century in a minimalist style that had a significant impact on American and European furniture. The pp124 rocking chair bears witness to this influence.
With the pp124, Wegner has created a sophisticated and comfortable rocking chair, with particular attention to craftsmanship and functionality. As simple as it sounds, making a rocking chair that works well is a science in itself, as each position in the rocking motion must be perfectly balanced. The construction should be carefully measured and also particularly strong to withstand repeated movement.
Hans Wegner added a decorative element to this with the string pattern of the backrest which offers flexibility and comfort while maintaining a light appearance. Despite its traditional and stripped-down concept, the pp124 armchair offers abundant refinement and solutions thought out down to the smallest detail.
Wood Ash or oak
Cord The flag halyard is available in plain or black. It is made from jute and has a high tenacity nylon core for optimum strength covered with a protective woven jute sheath. In order to optimize rigidity, the flag line is stretched before being applied to the chair. The clips connecting the flag halyard are available in stainless steel, brass or black.
Cushions Fabric or leather
white oiled ash
Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he finished his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with H. F. Stahlberg, in whose workshops Wegner’s first design experiments took form. He moved to Copenhagen as a 20 year-old, and attended the School of Arts and Crafts from 1936 – 1938 before he began working as an architect.
As a young architect, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Århus, working on furniture design for the new Århus city hall in 1940. It was during the same year that Wegner began collaborating with master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, who was a driving force in bringing new furniture design to the Danish public.
The Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry acquired its first Wegner chair in 1942.
Wegner started his own design office in 1943. It was in 1944 that he designed the first “Chinese chair” in a series of new chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. One of these chairs, the “Wishbone Chair”, designed in 1949 and produced by Carl Hansen & Son in Odense since 1950, became the most successful of all Wegner chairs.
Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive. He has received practically every major recognition given to designers, including the Lunning prize, the grand prix of the Milan Triennale, Sweden’s Prince Eugen medal and the Danish Eckersberg medal. Wegner is an honorary Royal designer for industry of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Almost all of the world’s major design museums – from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich – include his furniture in their collections.
Hans J. Wegner died in Denmark in January, 2007.
Hans J. Wegner’s contribution to Danish Modern:
- First a cabinetmaker, then a designer: integrates exacting joinery techniques and exquisite form.
- A deep respect for wood and its characteristics – and an abiding curiosity about other natural materials
- Brings an organic, natural softness to formalistic minimalism
- Generally regarded as ”the master of the chair”, with more than 400 chair designs to his name
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