Hans Jorgensen Wegner was an internationally-acclaimed Danish furniture designer who helped to propel mid-century Danish modern design to international popularity. He won the Grand Prix at the 1951 Milan Triennale, the prestigious world design fair, and was the first Dane ever awarded an Honorary Doctorate from England’s Royal College of the Arts. Wegner was known for his master craftsmanship in woodwork, having discovered an affinity for the living material as a child apprentice to master carpenter H.F. Stahlberg. He utilized traditional construction techniques in his bid to “make unexceptional things of an exceptionally high quality”. He was humble, meticulous about quality control and his chairs were all hand-finished. He attended technical college, the Danish School of Arts and Crafts, the Architectural Academy in Copenhagen and The Danish Design School. In Copenhagen, Wegner discovered the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild, whose exhibitions helped him to coalesce his dreams and calling. He has also worked with other famous designers such as Arne Jacobsen and Borge Mogensen.

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