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Hans Wegner was born in Southern Denmark in 1914. Starting as an apprentice cabinetmaker, Wegner’s first designs came to light in H. F. Stahlberg’s workshop. At 20 he moved to Copenhagen in order to attend the School of Arts and Crafts, pursuing a career as an architect.

In 1940, Wegner began designing furniture with esteemed colleague Arne Jacobsen. At the same time, he was reaching back to his roots and began also working with master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. Both endeavors brought Wegner further into the world of modern design in Denmark.

Wegner opened his own drawing office in 1943 and there began drawing the first of some of his most famous chairs. In 1950 he designed his most successful chair of all time, the Wishbone Chair, which was produced by Carl Hansen & Søn.

By his death in 2007, Wegner had designed upwards of 500 chairs, over 100 of which were produced en masse. Today, Wegner is known as "the Master of the Chair” for his timeless designs, famous for integrating perfectly executed joints with exquisite shapes. Wegner's constant curiosity and deep respect for wood and its natural characteristics made for some of the most iconic midcentury furniture designs, making him a driving force behind Danish Modern.

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