Wegner J16 Rocking Chair

By Hans J. Wegner , 1944

Hans J. Wegner showed an early interest in the rocking chair as a design object and J16 was one of his first chairs ever put into production. The very first version was designed in 1944. After a process to make the chair easier to produce the production could start. Wegner’s J16 has proved so viable that it has been in demand ever since it first came on the market.

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Wegner J16 Rocking Chair
Wegner J16 Rocking Chair - Model 16000
 
W: 62 cm
D: 85 cm
H: 107 cm
Wt: 11 kg
Cbm: 0.58 cbm
Sh: 42 cm

About The Collection

Hans J. Wegner showed an early interest in the rocking chair as a design object and J16 was one of his first chairs ever put into production. The very first version was designed in 1944. After a process to make the chair easier to produce the production could start. Wegner’s J16 has proved so viable that it has been in demand ever since it first came on the market.

For Wegner, a chair was a work of art conceived to support the human body. In all his designs, it's easy to recognise his fondness for form and function, where ergonomics play a primary role. Freedom of movement was also key for Wegner, who made every effort to ensure comfort, achieved by his precise engineering of the elements that contribute to the graceful rocking movement.

The natural paper cord forming the seat adds support while creating a subtle contrast in texture to the smooth wooden structure.

The J16 Stool is the rocking chair's faithful companion. Featuring the same cord and visual lingo, its sturdy structure of solid wood enables it to double as a small stool. One of Wegner's most widely recognised pieces, the J16 is part of our proud heritage. It is cherished around the world as the quintessential Danish modern rocking chair.

Hans J. Wegner

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“A CHAIR SHOULD HAVE NO BACK SIDE. IT SHOULD BE BEAUTIFUL FROM ALL SIDES AND ANGLES”

World-renowned designer of iconic Danish chairs, Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) insisted on infusing his functional designs with a poetic and playful edge. Wegner's essential rocking chair, the J16, was designed as part of a program to popularise the idea of simple modernism led by Børge Mogensen during the 1940s in Denmark.

Hans J. Wegner is acclaimed for his chair designs that made mid-century Danish design popular on an international scale. He began his career as a cabinetmaker in 1932, subsequently studying at the Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts. Throughout a long and productive life, Wegner designed roughly 500 chairs, many of which have become popular classics that are still in production today.

As a boy, Wegner showed a keen interest in woodcarving, and as a child he often visited the local museum to seek inspiration in the statues. Later, he set his wood carving aside, but took his fascination of wood and sculpture with him when he went on to train as a furniture maker and designer.

Wegner’s design reflects his understanding that a chair is a piece of furniture in close contact with the human body, a fact that places high demands on comfort and ergonomics. If anything, his training in furniture making further nurtured his love of wood and he has a special talent for utilising the wood grain to create surprising sculptural lines.

Wegner was the born the same year as his colleague and friend, Børge Mogensen, where they studied together at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen.

Wegner's furniture is exhibited in prestigious design museums around the world, and he has received several honours and awards. The Lunning Prize in 1951 and The 8th International Design Award 1997, as well as he was appointed Honoury Doctor at the Royal College of Art in London, just to name a few.