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1788 Easy Chair

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  • Description

    Wegner designed the sophisticated 1788 armchair in 1963. The lightweight wooden design with interchangeable cushions is ideal for both exclusive public spaces and private homes.

    Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner, both born in 1914, were both colleagues and friends, and the two Danish designers worked together on a number of exhibition projects. One of them was the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibition in 1945, where Mogensen and Wegner designed and presented “A Home For the Future”.

    The centrepiece of Mogensen and Wegner’s stand was the living room, in which they presented a new vision for lightweight and functional furniture. Even though the Spoke-back series was acclaimed for its innovation, it was also regarded as too sophisticated for the modest post-war culture, and the designs did not go into production until 1963. At that time Wegner, redesigned the 1788 easy chair to arrive at the current design.

    Hans J. Wegner’s spoke-back 1788 chair provides a comfortable seat with beautiful profiling in the armrests that reveals Wegner’s sculptural talents.

    Both the spoke-back sofa and chair are completely bare from every angle – even the cushions are attached with visible straps. The exposed wooden construction is typical for both Mogensen and Wegner, and in the Spoke-back Collection they continued their work with the Windsor chair methodology.

    Made in Denmark

  • Technical Info

    Oak which is either soaped, oiled or lacquered black

    W: 65.5 cm, D: 70 cm, H: 88 cm (Seat height: 43.5 cm)

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  • Designer
    Hans J. Wegner

    Hans J Wegner (1914-2007) trained as a cabinet-maker before attending the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts, where he later lectured from 1946 to 1953. From 1938 to 1942, he worked as a furniture designer in Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller«s architectural practice. In 1943, he set up his own office in Gentofte and collaborated with Børge Mogensen in the design of an apartment shown at the 1946 Cabinetmakers Exhibition in Copenhagen. Throughout his long career, he has designed furniture extensively for Johannes Hansen and Fritz Hansen. The Royal Society of Arts, London, made him an Honorary Royal Designers for Industry in 1959.

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    • Canvas 174
    • Criss Cross 1401
    • Leather 88 black
    • Rime 151
    • Rime 641

    • Black lacquered oak
    • Oiled Oak
    • Soaped Oak

  • Delivery

    8-10 weeks
    Made to order item

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