Wegner Ox Ottoman

By Hans J. Wegner , 1960

The Ox Chair by Hans J. Wegner is an iconic statement piece with an irrefutable presence. A bold, sculptural chair that challenged the understated aesthetics of Danish design at the time, with its distinctive headrest referencing ox horns and its voluminous body. Considered Wegner’s masterpiece, it demonstrates his organic, artistic approach to furniture and desire to redefine traditional seating.

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Wegner Ox Ottoman
Wegner Ox Ottoman - Model 1002
 
W: 75 cm
D: 55 cm
H: 36 cm
Wt: 5 kg
Cbm: 0.17 cbm
Sh: 36 cm

About The Collection

With his design of the Ox Chair, Hans J. Wegner challenged the prevailing sense of aesthetics when it was first introduced in 1960. Given its symbolic reference to ox horns, generous proportions and delicate frame, it was a bold, confident design in contrast to the understated approach to Scandinavian furniture at the time. Originally manufactured by A.P. Stolen, each Ox Chair was custom-made and upholstered with wool. The chair remained in production for two years.

Almost three decades later in 1989, Wegner approached Erik Jørgensen in search of a more viable method of construction. Known for his upholstery expertise, Jørgensen rose to the occasion with an innovative solution. Inspired by his trip to the Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli, Jørgensen saw the potential in using foam rubber to optimise comfort. The Ox Chair was subsequently relaunched at the Milan Furniture Fair and has experienced unprecedented success ever since. Demonstrating Wegner’s belief that a chair is only finished when someone actually sits in it.

It is a demanding task to upholster the Ox Chair, requiring precision and a certain amount of physical strength. In fact, it takes a whole day to make one Ox Chair by hand.

Of the 500 chairs Wegner is known to have designed, the Ox Chair is arguably his most striking piece and a personal favourite he featured in his own home.

Wegner’s Queen Chair is an equal match for the Ox Chair’s masculine presence. Regal yet relaxed, the ample, almost cylindrical arm rests and high, majestic back echo the Ox Chair. The chairs share the same chromed-steel base positioned low the ground, which adds a light, lyrical aspect. The Queen Chair is one of Wegner’s most elegant lounge chairs, admired for its sophisticated construction and sculptural sensibilities.

The Ottoman is a perfect punctuation to the collection, adding to the pleasure of lounging. In a shape which echoes the seat of the Ox Chair and Queen Chair, supported by a chromed steel base.

Together, the Ox Chair, Queen Chair and Ottoman demonstrate Wegner’s organic, artistic angle on design, rooted in functionalism, with a focus on immaculate detailing and craftsmanship. Reflecting his ongoing desire to redefine traditional seating.

Hans J. Wegner

Designer

“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.