This minimalist chair is the work of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner and pays homage to the great early modernists Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.
A classic: the Flag Halyard Chair
The Danish designer is one of the greats of his guild. The son of a cobbler, the young Wegner first trained as a cabinetmaker before discovering a love for furniture design. After completing his studies, he worked with renowned designers like Arne Jacobson before setting up his own studio, in which he developed his own unique style. With the Flag Halyard, Wegner shows that he can also work with different materials – in this case, chrome-plated steel. The chair’s seat, made of cool, industrially-sharp plaited flag halyard, is softened and made more comfortable by the addition of long-haired sheepskin.
The history behind the chair is typical of Wegner’s style. During a family holiday on the beach at Århus, the designer experimented by drawing different seats in the sand. The anecdote proves both Wegner’s ongoing commitment to work and the crucial importance of “play” in the process. His internationally-recognized, award-winning furniture designs are now exhibited in large museums from New York to Munich.