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Wegner J16 Rocking Chair

by Hans Wegner, from Fredericia

wegner j16 rocking chair

wegner j16 rocking chair

Design Hans Wegner, 1944
Solid wood, hand-woven natural paper cord seat
Made in Denmark by Fredericia

"A chair should have no back side. It should be beautiful from all sides and angles" -Hans Wegner

Hans J Wegner's J16 rocking chair is one of Denmark's most iconic pieces of furniture. With its enormous versatility and simple design, it has allowed it to function as a timeless benchmark throughout shifting epochs of design, from the 1940s through today. The finished craftsmanship in solid wood that characterizes the pieces in "The J Collection" means they are suitable for everyday use in private homes, restaurants and in public spaces.

World-renowned designer of iconic Danish chairs, Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) insisted on infusing his functional designs with a poetic and playful edge. 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 during the 1940s in Denmark. Designed in 1944, Wegner's rocker with the sensually curved arms was inspired by traditional Windsor and Shaker furniture, fused with Wegner's poetic lines.

Hans J. Wegner is acclaimed for his chair designs that made mid-century Danish design popular on an international scale. He began his career as a cabinetmaker in 1932, subsequently studying at the Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts. Throughout a long and productive life, Wegner designed roughly 500 chairs, many of which have become popular classics that are still in production today. Wegner's furniture is exhibited in prestigious design museums around the world, and he has received several honors and awards.

The rocking chair is available in a variety of wood options with either a natural or black hand-woven paper cord seat. Optional seat, back and neck cushions can also be specified.

42.1" h | 24.8" w | 36.6" d | seat: 16.5" h | 24.25 lbs.

$2,550.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
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Hans Wegner

Hans Jørgensen Wegner’s (1914 - 2007) high-quality and thoughtful work contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His style is often described as Organic Functionality, a modernist school with emphasis on functionality, arising primarily in Scandinavian countries. In his lifetime, he designed over 500 different chairs, over 100 of which were put into mass production, with many recognizable icons among them. Born to cobbler Peter M. Wegner, he worked as a child apprentice to Master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg. With an affinity for wood, he attended the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and the Architectural Academy in Copenhagen. In 1936, he began studies at what is now The Danish Design School, with O. Mølgaard Nielsen as teacher.
Fredericia Furniture began as a thoroughly Danish design house, born of a proud heritage. A heritage of unfaltering dedication to the perfection and progression of the design craft. Simple principles guide us along in our ambition to create and deliver a collection that we believe will be the modern originals of tomorrow. Simple principles that honour outstanding quality through a careful selection of materials, functionality and attention to detail.

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