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pp701 Minimalist Chair

Design — Hans J. Wegner, 1965

In 1965 Wegner completed his house in Gentofte, north of Copenhagen, where he lived with his family for 40 years. Wegner himself designed every little detail of the house, down to the placement of each stone in the walls, all cabinets, windows and doors. 

As a minimalistic version of the pp518 Bull Chair. The pp701 Minimal Chair was designed specifically to fit into the dining room. As the family moved into their new home, so did the first production of the Minimal Chair – the chairs have since never been replaced. 

The frame is reduced using stainless steel and as in the Swivel Chair, Wegner reserved the use of solid wood for the part that is closest to the human body, the arm and backrest. This part is reduced to the extent where the central joints used in the Bull Chair are no longer adequate.

Wegner then introduced an upper and lower piece to connect the two armrests, and thus the Bull Chair centre joints transformed into the characteristic centre cross.

The Minimal Chair is an elegant dining room chair and will compliment nearly any modern dining room table. For a perfect match, it is typically paired with the pp75 Stayed Table for a quintessential Nordic display. 

Minimising the use of wood

The Minimal Chair seeks to provide an adequate support for the back with the minimum use of wood. Four pieces of solid wood are carved from 1¾ inch planks cut from trees around 100 years old. The right and left armrests and the lower and upper centre sections are cut in line of one another and paired.

Trees

The arched construction requires three different directions of wood grain with long gluing surfaces to ensure sufficient strength. Recognising that the four solid wood pieces will never match visually, a piece of contrasting veneer is applied to each joint to enhance the character of the construction. The centre cross connects the right and left arms. 

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  • Specifications

    Upholstered seat
    Polished stainless steel frame

    Joint details:
    Oak, ash, maple and cherry: rosewood
    Walnut: maple
    Black: no joint details

    Please note:
    Orders for sets are packed in pairs

    Fabric requirement:
    55 x 55 cm

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  • Materials

    Soaptreated

    Oak
    Ash

    White bio oil

    Oak
    Ash

    Clear bio oil

    Oak

    Lacquer

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