Photo: Katja Kejser & Kasper Holst Pedersen
Picture from: pp.dk
PP 505 – The Cow Horn Chair
“PP505 THE COW HORN CHAIR, 1952
Great luxury sometimes comes in small packages. This is one of the smallest chairs by Wegner, but it’s an amazing work of art.
Designed in 1952 the Cow Horn Chair is the immediate follow up on the breakthrough of Wegner’s carrier, the Round Chair (pp501/pp503 | The Chair), and the continuity in shape and philosophy is obvious. But serving a different purpose Wegner created a chair that was to play an important role in his following line of works.
Given the homage to the breathtaking beauty of solid wood manually carved in organic shapes, Wegner wanted to make a compact chair. Hence the solid wooden pieces making the armrests and back are now reduced to two, thus being joined in the middle. The joint obviously needs to be aligned with the grains of the wood as some kind of tenons and could be dowelled, but in this case Wegner decided that instead of hiding the necessary joint he would rather enhance it and make it a decorative part of the design. To obtain the full visible effect, Wegner uses wood of a contrast colour.
This original idea would later become a characteristic trademark for many of his works and an important example of his honest and craftsman-like approach to design.”
Pictures from: woont.com