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The Wishbone Chair: Where Did Hans J. Wegner Get His Inspiration?

Hans J. Wegner is often referred to as the “Chair Master,” and for good reason. Born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, he had craftsmanship in his blood from the get go. His father was a shoemaker and Hans, appreciating the tactile, creative process, developed an endless fascination with wood, carving and organic beauty. So great was his passion for the art of carving, wood and furniture that he entered an apprenticeship with Master of Crafts and created his first chair at the young age of 15. To no surprise,Wegner moved from apprentice to journeyman within a few short years, and thereafter entered the School of Arts and Crafts with a specialty in cabinetmaking.

It wasn’t long before Wegner skyrocketed into the arena of great minds, with icons (and friends) like Borge Mogensen and Carl Hansen, all of whom were adopting the Bauhaus principles of functionality and form.  A leader among the pack, Wegner became renowned not only for the quality of his chairs, but also for his ability to produce an abundance of consistently flawless designs (he designed nearly 500 chairs to be exact).

Commended for inspiring the look of “organic beauty,” his chairs are “organic” because they often feature singular pieces of wood with minimal joining, fabrics and materials. Likewise, his chairs are “functional” because they take into consideration the human body, its form, and need for ergonomic comfort.

With a focus on sculptural lines and pure creativity, Wegner was able to create the Wishbone Chair after seeing classical portraits of Danish merchants seated on Ming chairs (Asian chairs often used by royalty during the Ming Dynasty). A project started in 1944, Wegner collaborated with Carl Hansen to craft a series of chairs inspired by the exotic portrait, and the Wishbone Chair was the last and most distinct chair in the series.

Also called the “Y Chair” because of its distinct “Y”-shaped back, the chair is still hailed as one of the most influential and successful designs of the century.  Built with deft craftsmanship, the Wishbone Chair’s accolades are certainly warranted as every part of it required (and still requires) great skill, dexterity and patience. From its steam-bent, curved back legs, to its limited joinery and tight weaving, the detail and precision in its design are legendary.

With many reproductions on the market, Rove Concepts is proud of the detail and quality of its Wishbone reproduction because every aspect of the chair’s original design has been incorporated and reconstructed to a tee.

Made with durable cord identical to the original’s, our chair has an impeccably uniform weave, and will show no signs of unevenness, warping or fraying. We also only use top-grade oak, ash and walnut, complete with that iconic, even finish and limited joinery. For those seeking a quintessential mid-century modern design with a comfortable, strong and lightweight body, the Wishbone Chair is an ideal choice that will suit any decor, whether it is mid-century modern, transitional or old-fashioned country.

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