Wegner Queen Chair

By Hans J. Wegner , 1960

The feminine counterpart to the Ox Chair is Hans J. Wegner’s Queen Chair, which shares many of the same features. With its ample, almost cylindrical armrests and high, majestic back that extends up to support the neck, the Queen Chair is an equal match for the Ox Chair’s masculine presence. Regal yet relaxed, the Queen Chair embodies Wegner’s belief that for a design to be striking it must be based on practicality.

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Wegner Queen Chair
Wegner Queen Chair - Model 1010
 
W: 92 cm
D: 99 cm
H: 90 cm
Wt: 28 kg
Cbm: 1.1 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.”

One of the most prolific Danish talents of his time, Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) designed roughly 500 chairs, many of which have become classics that are still in production today. Wegner is part of the “Golden Age’ of modern Danish design, known for his fascination with wood and for infusing functional designs with a poetic, playful edge. His work played a vital role in making Danish Modernism popular on an international scale.

For Wegner, a chair isn’t just a piece of furniture but a work of art made to support the human form. His style is often described as Organic Functionality, uniting softer forms with a focus on functionality. At the same time, Wegner incorporated the natural grain and other characteristics of wood to create surprising, sculptural lines. Given a chair’s close contact with the human body, he was adept at ensuring the ergonomics of comfort.

Wegner showed an affinity for wood as a child, which later influenced his work as a furniture maker and designer. He began his career as a cabinetmaker in 1932, before studying at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts, where he met his colleague and friend, Børge Mogensen. Wegner became an architect in 1938 and established his own design firm in 1943.

Throughout his long and productive life, Wegner received a number of awards and honours. These include his appointment as an honorary member of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and an honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. He won the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale and he was the first recipient of the Lunning Prize. He also received the 8th International Design Award in Osaka, Japan. Wegner’s work has been featured at major design institutions around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art / MoMA in New York and Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.