We are excited to offer an early Hans Wegner JH-503 chair designed in 1949 and produced by Johannes Hansen. Popularly known as “The Chair”, “Round Chair”, and the “Kennedy Chair”, this is arguably Wegner’s most famous design. To see it in person is to appreciate the refined details and subtle perfection of this piece of furniture. It perfectly represents Wegner’s design philosophy of "continuous purification...to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat, and a combined top rail and armrest." The construction features 11 pieces of wood joined by 12 mortise and tenons and two large finger joints. The finger joints orient the wood grain as the back rail wraps around the body to maximize material strength. The Chair rose to prominence in the 1960 televised debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Both presidential candidates sat in The Chair during the debate.
Solid old growth teak construction with new top-grain black leather upholstery. Stamped with the maker's mark. In very good vintage condition with some minor marks and wear as shown. Some of the finger joint points are filled, likely original to production.
24.75” w x 20.75” d x 29.375” h
Seat height 17.5”