"The Chair" supported many a famous person's behind

by Muna Gh February 26, 2017

As a driving force behind 'Danish Modern', Hans J. Wegner helped change the general public's view of furniture in the 1950s and 1960s. His passion for designing chairs, more than 500 of them, is recognized worldwide and reflected in his title 'the Master of the Chair'. He is famous for integrating perfectly executed joints with exquisite shapes and combining them with a constant curiosity for materials and deep respect for wood and its natural characteristics. His designs furnish minimalism with organic and natural softness.

In 1949, Wegner designed his iconic Round Chair, which became known simply as "The Chair," because, to many, it seemed nearly perfect: an elegantly curved, minimalist design consisting of 11 pieces of wood. "The Chair" supported many a famous person's behind, including John F. Kennedy's and Richard Nixon's during the 1960 presidential debates.

The Presidential Chair is exceptional both for its pristine polished wooden form and the unparalleled symbolism which it is famous for. In 1960, the TV company CBS bought twelve copies of the chair for the first live broadcast of an election debate; between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. It was Kennedy who requested this chair; he wanted a comfortable chair for his aching back. 70 million people watched the Wegner chair on live broadcast and it was even mentioned in the newspaper election reports the day after. A compact dining chair that can also be stacked. The lower back support and horizontal seat also make the chair suitable for working at a table or desk. The unique seat base, made from a solid American Walnut provides exceptional stability without crosspieces between the legs.
Note that The designer name and his products was mentioned in this article to demonstrate  the history of furniture design and it doesn't  represent any of the items sold in this store.  
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