J16 is a classic among the many rocking chairs which Hans J. Wegner designed over the years. The chair was introduced by FDB Furniture in 1944 and has been in production ever since. Wegner stresses the importance of freedom of movement and ergonomics in in his chair design. The rocking chair sports a hand-woven seat in natural paper yarn.
The papercord seat has the usual light watermarks (see pics), and there is light wear to the laquer on the edge of the arms but other than that it is in good shape. We like the wear to the laquer as it sets this chair apart from the licensed reproductions now available (£1200 for a new version of this chair). This chair is a great investment which is sure to increase in value over the years.
W63cm x H107cm x D93cm
With his love of natural materials and his deep understanding of the need for furniture to be functional as well as beautiful, Hans J. Wegner (1914–) made mid-century Danish design popular on an international scale. He began his career as a cabinetmaker in 1931 and subsequently entered the Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts. After receiving his architectural degree in 1938, he worked as a designer in Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller’s architectural office before establishing his own office in 1943.
With more than 500 different chair designs Wegner is the most prolific Danish designer to date.
Wegner’s design went on to win worldwide recognition through the 1950’s and 1960’s and his furniture, in particular his chairs, are to be found in the permanent collections of the world’s most prestigious museums.