Hans J. Wegner must be considered as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Wegner has become a worldwide icon, particularly famous for his influence on Danish furniture design.
Wegner began his long career at the age of 14 and worked as an apprentice to H. F. Stahlberg, who was a superb cabinet maker. During this period, he developed a love of wood as a material for making chairs. After finishing his apprenticeship at the age of 17, he continued to work with Stahlberg for a further three years. He completed his education at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and Copenhagen’s Architectural Academy.
He has designed over 500 chairs with many different wood types and styles and his style is based on clean and simple lines. From Wegner's perspective, a chair was an artwork as much as a functional object. His chairs had to look beautiful from every angle. Wegner's most famous chairs designs are unquestionably the "Peacock", the "Y-chair", and "The Chair" which was used by Kennedy and Nixon in their famous CBS TV debate of 1960.