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Round chair, model no. JH 501
designed (1949)

Artist/s name
Medium
teak, leather, (other materials)
Measurements
75.3 x 62.4 x 52.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Denmark
Accession Number
1249-D4
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1952
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
About

The finest qualities of Danish design – craftsmanship, subtle exploitation of materials and concern for comfort – are conspicuous in furniture made by Hans Wegner, who expressed his functional ideas in sculptural form. By the 1950s he had become one of the leading exponents of Scandinavian design and was internationally celebrated for his exquisitely balanced and beautifully crafted chairs, generally constructed of solid wood. The Round chair, with its embracing back support, subtly curved seat and soft contours, so successfully fulfils the most stringent requirements of function and aesthetics that it has become known simply as ‘The Chair’.

—text from Nordic Cool: Modernist Design (Feb 2015)