Following on from my last post about our visit to Copenhagen I thought I would mention a fantastic exhibition we went to see on Hans J Wegner at the design museum. Wegner is already a big favourite of mine and I can’t tell you how exciting it was to see and in some cases touch these amazing original designs. The exhibition is a journey through Wegners life (1914-2007) celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. I learned that he created over 500 chairs in his life time paving the way for other danish design to break through internationally, making him one of the most prolific designers the world has ever seen. Wegner was an incredibly skilled carpenter, he produced all of his own prototypes in his workshop, exploring the potentials of wood and creating new organic shapes.
Walking round the exhibition it was really exciting to see all of the famous chair designs that I have knowen and loved for so many years. The highlight of the exhibition for me was the ‘Tripartite’ shell chair which I have never seen before, It was absolutely stunning and apparently never put in to production! There are even a few chairs that you are aloud to try out and we definitely took our time doing that! I was surprised at how comfortable the shell chair was, I always thought it looked quite hard and an uncomfortable angle, all be it’s simplicity beautiful. It was SO comfortable.
Other notes about the Design Museum would be it’s wonderful cafe, shop (I love a gallery shop!) and pretty court yard garden. We sat outside in the sunshine and I ate the best piece of carrot cake I have ever tasted! A brilliant day all round. The exhibition runs till the 2nd of November.
‘If only you could design just one good chair in your life… but you simply cannot!” 1952 Hans J Wegner.