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New children's book celebrates Hans J. Wegner chairs
Sep 4, 2012

With his 100 years anniversary just around the corner, Danish design icon Hans J. Wegner has become the center of a renewed international attention – resulting in new literary projects and exhibitions. Hans, His Chairs and The World opens the world of the famous Danish furniture designer to the younger generations and draws attention to the old water tower in Wegner’s native city Tønder that has been transformed into a permanent collection of the Danish iconic chair designs.

Children 3 to 11 years old can read about Wegner’s chairs and the stories behind them. With translations in English and Japanese, the book relates the story behind Wegner’s motivation to become a cabinet maker. It also tells the story of his sources of inspiration, work practices, and international breakthrough as a furniture designer. The book also talks about the environmental concerns that are an integral part of the production of the chair designs. The book's ultimate goal is to kindle a lifelong interest in craftsmanship, design and art for young people.

Museum curator Anne Blond has written the text while artist and illustrator Birgitte Haahr Lund has created the illustrations for the book. Although the illustrations were created digitally on the computer, their inspiration stems from old wood block prints and the rough hewn texture of wood cuts. The final result is a unique mix of the classic and the contemporary.

The book is published by the Art Museum in Tønder with support from the following sponsors: Træfonden, Tønder Bank, Venner af Kunstmuseet i Tønder, Scandinavian Living, Dansk Vinlager, Tønder Kommune, Tønderhus Fonden, P. J. Schmidt fonden, Museum Sønderjylland Kulturhistorie Tønder, Tønder Museums Vennekreds, Hans J. Wegners Tegnestue A/S and PP Møbler.

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