The Round One as Wegner referred to it with his usual provincial modesty, is one of the most famous Danish pieces of furniture – certainly the most distinctly Danish. In its own modest and simple way it sums up the very essence of traditional Danish woodworking and design philosophy. And it is absolutely the most important work 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 in uenced his earlier works. This chair was created in a language of shape and construction that only Wegner spoke and it triggered the rst ever, foreign report on Danish design in the American Interiors Magazine.
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.
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 and 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 amount 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.
It constituted a clear statement of modernism that underlined the signi
cance of this historic broadcast event. The Round Chair conveyed comfort
and genuine quality – made in Denmark and shipped to the USA to play
an important role as an individual companion for each candidate in their
aspiration for the highest of ce. Eventually the Americans came up with a
new and more telling name for this chair.
They called it The Chair.
The back of the pp501 | pp503 is carved out of a 5 inch piece of solid wood.
pp501 comes with seat in nature or light cane. The material used in caning chairs is derived from the peeled bark of the rattan vine. It looks somewhat similar to bamboo but is much more flexible. It is very beautiful, but also very delicate and it needs some maintenance to stay smooth because should the cane dry out it may split.
pp503 comes with upholstered seat.