The Passing of Hans Wegner

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Speaking of famous Danish chairs, as we were yesterday, some sad news reported in the NY Times about the passing of Hans Wegner, one of the designers responsible for the Danish furniture boom in the ’50s and ’60s which, of course, still very much lasts on into today. Here’s some:

He also earned a footnote in political history, when, in 1960, Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy were seated on Wegner chairs during the first nationally televised presidential debate.

“He was one of what I think of as the humble giants of 20th-century design, those men who would probably shun the term designer and prefer to call themselves cabinetmakers,” said Paola Antonelli, the curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where many of Mr. Wegner’s chairs are not only on display but in use, in the museum’s several restaurants.