- Hans Wegner
- A Rare "Roman" Chair, Model No. JH522
- with producer's metal tag
- oak, orignal leather upholstery
Grete Jalk, ed., Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, vol 4: 1957-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, pp. 122-123
Christian Holmsted Olesen, Wegner: just one good chair, exh. cat., Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen, 2014, p. 143
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As the perfect pairing to this structured table, Wegner's "Roman" chair demonstrates a powerful stance. Equally well designed and constructed, the "Roman" chair both contrasts, yet subtly compliments, the structured right angles of the table with a dramatic curve of the back rail. This dynamic curve was expensive and complicated to upholster, in turn resulting in limited production. As one of the final installments by Wegner on his 'horned' themed chairs, the model is often also referenced as the "Buffalo" chair, demonstrating a modulation from the "Cowhorn" and "Bullhorn" designs of the 1950s. Lastly, but possibly most significantly, Wegner draws inspiration from antiquity for the form. Known for developing historical furniture themes from foreign countries (i.e., his "China" chair of 1944), Wegner this time sources inspiration from Antiquity. The "U" form seat, often found in ancient Roman chairs, is now transferred to the back rail allowing the sitter to comfortably rest his or her arms. Additionally, in these traditional chairs, the width of the legs was in equal proportion to the width of the arms. A design element echoed in Wegner's "Roman" chair, this stance conveys a position of power and confidence-- the perfect pairing for a conference room. Incredibly thoughtful and meticulously designed, it is said that Wegner and Hansen perfected these designs over the course of four years.