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pp501/pp503 Round Chair

Design — Hans J. Wegner, 1949 / 1950

The “Round One” as Wegner referred to it with his usual provincial modesty, is one of the most famous Danish pieces of furniture — and certainly most distinctly Danish. In its own modest and simple way, it sums up the very essence of traditional Danish woodworking and design philosophy. It is considered the magnum opus of Hans J. Wegner. 

With this chair Wegner came into his own right, no longer needing the inspiration from other cultures and designers that had influenced his earlier works. This chair was created in a language of shape and construction that only Wegner spoke.

It also became the cornerstone in a wide range of designs, which for more than a decade constituted the core business of several Danish furniture manufacturers, effectively becoming the main force in the great international breakthrough of Danish Modern.

Carved from shelter trees

The armrest for the Round Chair consists of three pieces each carved out of solid wood from a shelter tree approximately 200 years old

Each piece is cut into rough dimensions from a fresh newly felled tree. The right and left armrests are cut in line with one another and paired to match. The raw parts are then conditioned for between one to two years depending on the wood type.

This is a delicate process that cannot be hurried and there is no technology that can speed up the conditioning process. We have to rely on the nature of the tree and on generations of experience. If sales exceed the number of parts cut and conditioned, the lead time of a new chair will be entirely dependent on the conditioning process and availability of new shelter trees.

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    The back of the pp501 | pp503 is carved out of a 5 inch piece of solid wood.

    pp501 comes with seat in nature cane. The material used in caning chairs is derived from the peeled bark of the rattan vine. It looks somewhat similar to bamboo but is much more flexible. It is very beautiful, but also very delicate and it needs some maintenance to stay smooth because should the cane dry out it may split.

    pp503 comes with upholstered seat.

    Felt pads (optional) available in: white, black, gray, light brown or dark brown

    Please note:
    Limited production due to extraordinary wood sourcing and drying process
    Limited two year warranty for cane
    For domestic use only
    Maintenance: the cane must be moistened regularly. If they dry out they may crack

    See instructions for maintenance and care under Materials and Care section in the side menu.

    Fabric requirement:

    65 x 55 cm

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    Soaptreated

    Oak
    Ash

    White bio oil

    Oak
    Ash

    Clear bio oil

    Oak
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“Personally, I think it’s my best achievement. Not because of its export success, but because I have been more thorough with it than anything else.”

Hans J. Wegner

In 1950 the Round Chair triggered the first ever foreign report on Danish design in the American Interiors Magazine. It became one of the most desired designs on the American market and the export of Danish furniture quickly picked up. Within the American furniture business the Round Chair was regarded as an archetype of a modern chair and it became known simply as “The Chair”.

In 1960, when John F. Kennedy faced Richard Nixon in the first presidential election debate to be televised, they sat in “The Chair”. The debate was historic and proved pivotal in favour of Kennedy.

Read more about the history of the Round Chair.

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