Hans Wegner is a world-renowned Danish furniture designer, known especially for his use of wood in creating iconic, simple chair designs. Starting as an apprentice cabinetmaker and later working under esteemed designer Arne Jacobsen, Wegner's balance of woodwork and beautiful design is incomparable.
Los Angeles, California
Shortly after marrying in Michigan, where they worked together, Charles & Ray Eames moved to Los Angeles and started their own office. They not only created some of the most iconic furniture pieces of the 20th century, but dabbled in various art forms, including textile design and filmmaking.
East Greenville, Pennsylvania
Italian-born Harry Bertoia was a complete and gifted artist. Starting in jewelry-making at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1937, he moved seamlessly to sculpture and furniture-making. After working with Charles & Ray Eames, Bertoia made his way to Knoll in Pennsylvania. There he created his iconic seating collection, which Knoll produces to this day.
Considering himself first and foremost an architect, Arne Jacobsen designed and built some of the most impressive modernist buildings in Denmark and Germany. In the process of creating these spaces, however, he designed some of the most iconic seating and lighting pieces of the 20th century.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Born to famous designers and surrounded by some of the biggest names in midcentury modern furniture and architecture, Eero Saarinen's success is unsurprising. Working closely with Charles Eames as a young man, the two continuously pushed each other to do better. It was with Knoll, however, that he designed some of the most iconic furniture of his time.