Early life of Hans Wegner

Born in Tonder, Denmark at the outbreak of World War 1 Hans Wegner would undertake a number of courses that would help to export his Scandinavian designs to the world.

Copenhagen Technical college

After studying cabinet making, Hans Wegner attended the Copenhagen Technical College followed by a course in furniture design at Copenhagen Vocational Arts College.


Hans Wegner worked for a number of prolific and well-known designers including Erik Moller and Flemming Lassen before setting up his own studio in Arhus in 1943.


Hans Wegner entered the MOMA Low cost-furniture competition in 1948.

In 1950, Hans Wegner's 'round chair' was featured on the cover of the American Interior Magazine, which led to commissions in the United States and recognition for the furniture designer increased ten-fold.

In 1951 Hans Wegner won the Lunning Prize.