3 May 2012
HANS WEGNER (1914-2007)
MODEL CH07 LOUNGE CHAIR, DESIGNED 1963
produced by Johannes Hansen, laminated wood, with evidence of original orange lacquer beneath later white paint, later leather upholstery now applied to the seat pads
29 in. (74 cm.) high; 35¾ in. (91 cm.) wide; 31 in. (79 cm.) deep
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J. Bernsen, Hans J. Wegner, Copenhagen, 1996, pp. 32-33, 79 (example, finished in orange lacquer and described as a prototype, illustrated).
Of striking form and featuring an expressive use of laminated woods, this design did not advance beyond the prototype stage, with only a few examples being produced by manufacturer Johannes Hansen in the early 1960s.
Describing why he did not develop this design, Wegner explained "The laminated constructions and the shells contain so many possibilities that I had to make a choice -- it was not possible to work with solid wood and laminated woods at the same time. I chose solid wood."
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