PP503 Round Chair

Producer  PP Møbler

Designer  Hans J.Wenger

Material  Oak Oil, Leather (Indian Red)

Size  W63 x D52 x H.70/sh45 (cm)

The “Round One” as Wegner referred to it with his usual provincial modesty, is one of the most famous Danish pieces of furniture — and certainly most distinctly Danish. In its own modest and simple way, it sums up the very essence of traditional Danish woodworking and design philosophy. It is considered the magnum opus of Hans J. Wegner. 

With this chair Wegner came into his own right, no longer needing the inspiration from other cultures and designers that had influenced his earlier works. This chair was created in a language of shape and construction that only Wegner spoke.

It also became the cornerstone in a wide range of designs, which for more than a decade constituted the core business of several Danish furniture manufacturers, effectively becoming the main force in the great international breakthrough of Danish Modern.

The armrest for the Round Chair consists of three pieces each carved out of solid wood from a shelter tree approximately 150-200 years old, the age at which most trees naturally start to decay Each piece is cut into rough dimensions from a fresh newly felled tree. The right and left armrests are cut in line with one another and paired to match. The raw parts are then conditioned for between one to two years depending on the wood type.

This is a delicate process that cannot be hurried and there is no technology that can speed up the conditioning process. We have to rely on the nature of the tree and on generations of experience. If sales exceed the number of parts cut and conditioned, the lead time of a new chair will be entirely dependent on the conditioning process and availability of new shelter trees.

About Hans J. Wegner(1914 – 2007)

Hans Jørgensen Wegner was born 2 April 1914 in Tønder, a small town in Southern Jutland, Denmark. Typical of the period, Tønder was a town rich in traditional crafts, Wegner the son of the local shoemaker, grew up familiar with the environment and tools used in his father’s workshop. Hans J. Wegner is among the greatest of furniture designers. His designs have been described as ‘timeless’, ‘everlasting’, ‘perfect to the fullest extent of what is possible’, and ‘free from passing trends’. Wegner is often referred to as the master of chairs and he considered the chair to be the greatest challenge within the field of design. Wegner says about PP Møbler: “The staff at PP Møbler consists of highly skilled artisans who work seriously with even the smallest details. Nothing is left to chance. I like to spend time with people who like their work and who take great pleasure in creating the most beautiful result possible.”

Vintage Writing Table

Producer Fritz Hansen

Designer Arne Jacobsen

Year 1950s

Material Teak, Stainless Steel

Size W152 x D80 x H.70 (cm)

The FH3605 table from 1955 reflects Arne Jacobsen’s use of industrial materials to create modern, elegant and affordable furniture with a simple yet distinctive expression.

Concurrently with the design of the table, Arne Jacobsen worked on several major architectural projects that were completed over the following years. Arne Jacobsen’s original drawings of the table indicate that it was intended as part of his total design of Munkegaard School, the groundbreaking new primary and lower secondary school in Gentofte, north of Copenhagen, which was completed in 1957. Here, alongside other furniture designs, including the Munkegaard chair and custom-designed school desks in plywood and Formica, it contributed to a learning environment with an emphasis on beauty, functionality and the children’s physical well-being.

About Arne jacobsen (1902-1971)

Arne Jacobsen (1902–1971) was one of Denmark’s most significant architects and designers. His large and diverse body of work has left profound imprints on Danish and international design and architecture history. Arne Jacobsen’s most famous architecture projects include Aarhus City Hall, the Munkegaard School, SAS Royal Hotel, the National Bank of Denmark and St. Catherine’s College in Oxford, England. In these works of architecture, Arne Jacobsen not only created the building structures but also designed the interior in every detail, creating complete design experiences in which the landscape around the building and the furniture, lamps, fixtures and textiles inside it were all part of a perfectly balanced and coherent whole. With visionary designs, such as the Egg and Swan chairs, the Cylinda Line tableware series and the VOLA series of taps and accessories, Arne Jacobsen’s influence reached far beyond Denmark’s borders.