Great luxury sometimes comes in small packages. This is one of Wegner’s smallest chairs, but it is an amazing work of art.
Designed in 1952 the Cow Horn Chair is the immediate follow up on the breakthrough of Wegner’s career, pp501/pp503 Round Chair. The continuity in shape and philosophy is obvious but designed for a different purpose, Wegner created a smaller chair that would easily fit underneath the table thus making it more suitable for the dining set.
Wanting to pay homage to the breathtaking beauty of wood manually carved into organic shapes, Wegner decided to make a compact chair with back and armrests formed by two large pieces of solid wood joined in the middle.
The joint needs to be aligned with the grains of the wood with some kind of tenon and could be dowelled but in this case Wegner decided that instead of hiding the unavoidable joint he would rather enhance it and make it a decorative feature of the design.
To obtain the full visible effect, Wegner used wood of a contrasting colour.
This original idea would later become a characteristic trademark in many of his works and it is an important example of his approach to design.
The armrest consists of only two pieces of solid wood each carved from shelter trees of around 200 years old. The right and left armrests are always cut in line of one another and paired to match. The right and left armrests are joined in the centre of the back where the wood is thickest, facing end-grain to end-grain. Gluing surfaces together along the end-grain of wood is technically very difficult making for a weak joint that moves over time. Wegner resolved this problem on the Cow Horn Chair by using contrasting wood tenons that makes the necessary constructional detail both strong and beautiful. The tenons serve to centre the design of the chair giving visual harmony when cow horns are grouped together.
pp505 is available with either cane or upholstered seat. As opposed to most other chairs by Wegner, this chair is upholstered directly on the seat rails. Before the era of Wegner this was the normal way of upholstering chairs and in the case of the Cow Horn Chair and the Bull Chair, Wegner sticks to the old tradition.
The armrests on pp505 are always cut from the same piece of wood, so that the grain will match. The joint detail in the back is made of rosewood.
Felt pads (optional) available in: white, black, gray, light brown or dark brown
Cane must be moistened regularly. If they dry out they may crack.
Limited production due to extraordinary wood sourcing and drying process
Limited two year warranty for cane
Cane version for domestic use only
75 x 65 cm