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Large Opala Pendant by Hans J. Wegner for Louis Poulsen

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Large Opala pendant by Hans J. Wegner for Louis Poulsen. Army grey lacquered, shade opal high gloss acrylic. Marked with Louis Poulsen label. We have also an Opale table lamp in stock (see pictures). Without a doubt Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the greatest Danish designers of all time. Together with the works of protagonists like Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm and Poul Henningsen, Wegner’s designs became synonymous with ‘Danish Design’. Wegner’s creative output stands out both in quality and quantity: as he left a lasting legacy of over 1000 (!) different pieces. Among them lighting designs are relatively rare. The lamp offered belongs to the ‘Opala’ series, a range which was originally designed for a hotel in Copenhagen. The name ‘Opala’ refers both to the opaque quality of the acrylic shade and the type of light bulb Wegner initially intended to be fitted to the fixture. This particular 25” model is the largest version Louis Poulsen issued and the rarest too, as production was ceased already years ago.

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 14.97 in. x Dm 24.81 in.H 38 cm x Dm 63 cm
  • Diameter
    24.81 in. (63 cm)
  • Seller Location
    JM Haarlem, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU93031195064
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About Hans J. Wegner (Designer)

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — Hans Wegner was a prolific designer whose elegant, often ebullient, forms and devotion to the finest methods in joinery made "Danish Modern" a popular byword for stylish, well-made furniture in the mid-20th century.


     Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and a furniture designer second. Like his peers Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl, Wegner believed that striking aesthetics in furniture were based on a foundation of practicality: a chair must be comfortable and sturdy before it is chic.


     In keeping with that tenet, several of Wegner’s best chair designs, seen in dealer listings below, have their roots in traditional seating forms. The “Peacock chair” (designed 1947) is a throne-like adaptation of the Windsor chair; pieces from the “China chair” series (begun in 1944) as well as the 1949 “Wishbone chair,” with its distinctive Y-shaped back splat, are derived from 17th-century Ming seating pieces, as is the upholstered “Ox chair” (1960). Wegner’s comfy “Papa Bear chair” (1951) is an almost surreally re-scaled English wingback chair.


     Wegner’s most representative piece, the “Round chair” (1949), gained a footnote in political history when it was used on the TV stage of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. That chair, along with Wegner’s more bravura designs, for example the 1963 “Shell chair,” with its curved surfboard-shaped seat, bring a quietly sculptural presence to a room. Wegner was a designer who revered his primary material — wood — and it shows. His wood gathers patina and character with age; every Hans Wegner piece testifies to the life it has led.

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