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1950s Flag Halyard Lounge Chair by Hans Wegner 'a'

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GE225, flag halyard lounge chair, metal, leather by Hans Wegner, Denmark, 1950. The flag halyard chair has a white lacquered base so that it is visible as a supporting part. The seat shell with flag cord resting on it remained unpainted, so that the paint cannot wear off where you touch the chair. This model comes with fur and round leather cushion. This flag halyard lounge chair was something radically new in his time, made of new materials. Hans Wegner´s chair does not require much carpentry work, but a lot of manual work for his 250 m flag cord. 1936-1938 Wegner studies at the Arts & Crafts School in Copenhagen. He then gets hired as draftsman for the architecture office of Erik Møller and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen, who built the Århus city hall. His international breakthrough was 'The Chair' (1949), used in 1961 in the first televised US presidential election debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. Other masterpieces are the 'Wishbone Chair' (1949) and the 'Peacock chair' (1947). Next to Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen and Børge Mogensen, Hans Wegner is one of the great Danish designers.

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  • Dimensions
    H 31.5 in. x W 40.95 in. x D 47.25 in.H 80 cm x W 104 cm x D 120 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
  • Reference Number
    LU958516589931
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About Børge Mogensen (Designer)

Among the great mid-20th century Danish furniture designers, Børge Mogensen distinguished himself with his faith to traditional values of craftsmanship and honesty of materials. While peers such as Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen designed some of the most striking and now iconic furnishings of the era, Mogensen focused on making pieces that were simple, durable and comfortable — and in the long run perhaps more useful and better loved.

     Mogensen studied under and later worked for Kaare Klint, a master cabinetmaker whose chief tenets were quality of construction and simplicity of line. Klint was a classicist, who believed that furniture forms should evolve from those of historical models. So, too, in his way was Mogensen, as two of his best-known earlier pieces attest. His 1945 “Spokeback Sofa,” with hinged arms that can be lowered to facilitate lounging, is a reinterpretation of the venerable Knole settee. With the oval silhouette of its plywood backrest and waterdrop-shaped cutouts, Mogenson’s “Shell chair,” designed in 1949, can be seen as a novel take on early 19th century Empire side chairs.

     Yet Mogensen shared the aesthetical sensibilities of his most forward-looking colleagues. His cabinets deploy the same spare geometries and lushly figured woods as those of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his disciple Florence Knoll, the chief difference being that Mies and Knoll used chrome steel for the frames and legs of their pieces. The brawny oak frames and slung leather seats and backrests of Mogensen’s “Hunting chair” (1950) and “Spanish chair” (1959) display the same hefty construction and appreciation of natural materials seen in the work of Charlotte Perriand and Sergio Rodrigues. As you will see from the furnishings on these pages, Børge Mogensen designed for function more than sculptural effect. While his chairs may not be the first pieces in a décor to draw the eye, they are often the first to draw in those looking for a comfortable seat.

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