'Architect's Desk', model no. JH571
Designer / Maker
Designed by Hans Wegner (1914-2007)
Manufactured by Johannes Hansen
Teak, oak and chromium-plated steel
90 x 193 x 71 cm
Danish (Copenhagen), designed 1953
Branded under the top ‘branded with JOHANNES HANSEN /COPENHAGEN/DENMARK’
Acquired during the 1950s; with Modernity, 2015; private collection
For other examples see:
E. Hjorth, ‘Deense Woonkunst, Den Permanente i Amsterdam’, Dansk Kunsthaandværk, 1961, p 2
J. Møller Nielsen, Wegner, en dansk møbelkunster, Copenhagen, 1965, pp. 87, 107
G. Jalk, Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, Volume 3: 1947-1956, Copenhagen, 1987, p. 281
C. Holmsted Olesen, Wegner: just one good chair, exh. cat., Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen, 2014, pp. 63, 240.
Please note: ‘The Chair’ is not available, just the desk.
A desk of this design was exhibited at the ‘Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild’, Forum, Copenhagen, 16-26 September 1954, Stand 23.
Hans Wegner was a pioneer of Danish modern—a minimalist style of wood furniture—and one of Scandinavia’s most admired designers. Wegner trained as a cabinet maker before bringing the skills and techniques he acquired during his apprenticeship to furniture design.