In the world of design, it would be difficult to find a furniture designer, craftsperson, architect, artist or design student who has not heard of, or been inspired by the work of legendary Danish designer, Hans J. Wegner. Even contemporary design’s heavy weights such as Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Tadeo Ando and Konstantin Grcic have all been cited as significant designers whose practices are based on foundations laid out by Wegner and the Danish design movement of the 1950’s.
Hans J. Wegner is the epitome of a furniture designer. With an unwavering approach to craftsmanship, combined with the perfect blend of practicality and theory, Wegner still stands as an important model for the 21st Century. He is, without a doubt, the “Master Modernist Icon.”
To further represent this important milestone, Designcraft also introduces “Maker+Designer”, a parallel exhibit showcasing Australian designers and makers responding to the philosophies established by Hans J. Wegner.
Wegner transcends time and place and is a figure of influence, even within the Australian context. Featuring the work of Jon Goulder (Creative Director of the Furniture Design Studio at the Jam Factory), Henry Wilson (Studio Wilson), Niklavs Rubenis (Lecturer, Australian National University Furniture Workshop) and Kate Stokes (Founder and Director of Coco Flip), plus work from new talent, these two exhibitions are a celebration and a homage – a tribute to the past, and to the future.
This event represents Designcraft. It embodies who we are, and what we stand for. It also reflects our partners across Australia, Cult, Aptos Cruz Galleries and Designfarm, all of whom represent Carl Hansen & Son and PP Mobler – the manufacturers who still produce the timeless classics designed by Hans J. Wegner.
Exhibition Open: 6 – 21 September 2014
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10-3 pm and Sat-Sun 11-4 pm
Where: Nishi Gallery 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon Precinct Canberra, ACT
Open to the public – Free admission