The Final Chair.
In 1987 aged 73 years old Hans J. Wegner designed his final dining chair and was determined to let all the versions of the design be guided by all he had learnt from his previous works.
The Chairs must allow one to sit in alternate positions and be comfortable.
The Chairs must allow one to sit in alternate positions and be comfortable.The chairs must provide the correct support for the elbows and the back.
The chairs must have plenty of space below the back rest, so as to leave plenty of room for the behind.
Ref: Hans J. Wegner. A Nordic Design Icon from Tønder. Edited by Anne Blond.
The Final Chair is designed to be affordable and practical and as with many of Wegner’s other chair models it is available in this version (pp58) with an upholstered seat or a seat of woven papercord (PP68), which has a slightly different construction to the chairs frame.
The pp58 and pp68 are clearly decended from Wegner’s earlier ‘Cow Chair’ (pp505) and ‘Bull Chair’ (pp518, the so called called
‘Livestock Chairs’ in that the top rail is reminiscent of a pair of horns that can be pushed up against a table. The short armrests of pp 68 makes it easy to enter and move around the chair and like the ‘Cowhorn Chair’ are shortened so that it tucks neatly away the table. Space-saving is further enhanced as the chairs can also hang from a table top to make cleaning the floor easier.
Produced in solid beech, ash or oak pp58 is immensely strong with tenon joints that have been tested to withstand one ton of pulling strength that will outlast everyday use throughout your life – and your children’s and your grandchildren’s
The chair appears to be light, in spite of it being of solid wood. The appearance a result of the way in which the slightly conical legs taper towards to the upper portion of the back legs where they meet the top rail and the milling out of the top rails mid section where it touches the sitters back.
‘The Final Chairs’ are modern and robust, with a simplicity that is attractive even when painted and all of the paint colours chosen for the chair were made in collaboration with Hans J. Wegner’s Design Studio. They include ‘Japanese red’, a combination of red and brown which Wegner was personally very fond of.