Hans Wegner (1914–2007)
Hans Wegner, considered one of the masters of 20th-century Danish Modernism, passed away in January at the age of 92. Best known for his chairs, Wegner designed some 200 over his career. His Round Chair achieved some notoriety when, in 1960, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy were perched on them for the first nationally televised debate. The New York Times obituary quotes Paola Antonelli, the curator of architecture and design at the MoMA, “He was one of what I think of as the humble giants of 20th-century design, those men who would probably shun the term designer and prefer to call themselves cabinetmakers.” A gallery of his hugely influential work is available here.