How Hans Wegner’s Mid-Century Designs Changed America

The mid-century is marked most generously by the incredible designs that emerged from this period. Whether it was in fashion, architecture or the realm of furniture innovation, the mid-century era was undoubtedly about great design.

Hans J. Wegner was one of the most influential of these designers who changed the way America understood functionality and beauty through sharing the marvels of Danish Design. In the 1940s, Wegner was inspired by a portrait of Danish merchants who gracefully sat in the regal chairs of the Chinese Ming dynasty. By 1960, the Round Chair was showcased alongside John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon during the first televised US presidential debate.

September 26, 1960 NIXON-KENNEDY DEBATE John F. Kennedy, seated at left, and Richard M. Nixon in advance of the first televised presidential debate.  Copyright © 1960 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive. File: 20694_163

September 26, 1960 NIXON-KENNEDY DEBATE John F. Kennedy, seated at left, and Richard M. Nixon in advance of the first televised presidential debate. Copyright © 1960 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive.

The Round Chair

Hans J. Wegner Round Chair Premium Reproduction by Rove Concepts

Wegner was a leader in Danish Modernism and a pioneer in Organic Functionality. His pieces are well known for their craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal and usability, as much as their quantity – over his career, Wegner contributed to over 500 designs with modern chairs arguably the crux of his best designs.

Elbow chair

Hans J. Wegner Elbow Chair Premium Reproduction by Rove Concepts

CH25 Easy Chair

Hans J. Wegner CH25 Easy Chair Premium Reproduction by Rove Concepts

CH88-Chair

Hans J. Wegner CH88 Chair Premium Reproduction by Rove Concepts

We’re very excited to unveil a selection of some of the most iconic mid-century modern chairs to our collection of premium reproductions. In addition to the iconic Wegner chairs above, we’ve also added the timeless Shoemaker Chair by Lars Werner, which is surprisingly made available for the first time in North America, and the effortless Model 45 Easy Chair by Finn Juhl, noted for being the first chair design to detach the traditional pairing of upholstery and wood framing now so common today.

Shoemaker Chair

Lars Werner Shoemaker Chair Premium Reproduction by Rove Concepts

Model 45 Easy Chair

Finn Juhl Model 45 Easy Chair Premium Reproduction by Rove Concepts

Take a look around the Internet and you can find a surge of options for reproductions of many of these chairs above. Some may be cheaper and appear all the same, but the Rove difference guarantees that only the finest quality materials are used in the production of the each handcrafted piece, and that a sure commitment to design integrity uses the closest specifications to the original designs as possible.

See all of our new mid-century modern chairs, on sale for a limited time with 10% off until Monday, April 25th!

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