Common Copies Of The Great Man's Work

All around the world with most parts of Europe an exception (only 3 countries do not adhere to the EU Intellectual Property (IP) law), we are surrounded by copies of famous and iconic Scandinavian designs from establishments trying to achieve that certain Scandinavian "Style". The on-going issue between original design and copied design (replica, inspired by, in the style of, close to the original) is an interesting one for too many reasons.

Here's sharing images (original design) and information of some of the most widely copied designs of our favorite designer - Hans Wegner, that you see commonly in Singapore and the rest of the world.

The Wishbone Chair, 1949. The Wishbone chair was the first collaboration between Wegner and maker Carl Hansen, who has produced it since 1950. 

The Wishbone Chair, 1949. The Wishbone chair was the first collaboration between Wegner and maker Carl Hansen, who has produced it since 1950. 

“The Chair”, 1949. The Chair best 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 Chair was a collaboration of Wegner and furniture maker Johannes Hansen (now made by PP Mobler as models PP501/PP503).

“The Chair”, 1949. The Chair best 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 Chair was a collaboration of Wegner and furniture maker Johannes Hansen (now made by PP Mobler as models PP501/PP503).

CH20 Elbow Chair designed in 1956. Image: Carl Hansen & Søn

CH20 Elbow Chair designed in 1956. Image: Carl Hansen & Søn

GE 260 easy chair designed in 1950 and produced by Getama. Custom brass screws were designed to attach the arms to the backrest. Photo © Noden

GE 260 easy chair designed in 1950 and produced by Getama. Custom brass screws were designed to attach the arms to the backrest. Photo © Noden

GE 290 easy chair designed in 1953 and still in production today by Getama. Perhaps one of Wegner's most recognizable designs. Widely known as the plank chair as well. Photo © Noden

GE 290 easy chair designed in 1953 and still in production today by Getama. Perhaps one of Wegner's most recognizable designs. Widely known as the plank chair as well. Photo © Noden

GE 290-3 three seater sofa designed in 1953 and still in production today by Getama. Perhaps one of Wegner's most recognizable designs, also available in a two seater version. Widely known as the plank sofa as well. Photo © Noden

GE 290-3 three seater sofa designed in 1953 and still in production today by Getama. Perhaps one of Wegner's most recognizable designs, also available in a two seater version. Widely known as the plank sofa as well. Photo © Noden

AP 19 Papa Bear Chair, 1951. Also known as the Teddy Bear Chair - and originally sold by AP Stolen, it's produced today by PP Møbler as PP 19. Photo: Pinterest

AP 19 Papa Bear Chair, 1951. Also known as the Teddy Bear Chair - and originally sold by AP Stolen, it's produced today by PP Møbler as PP 19. Photo: Pinterest

Mama bear chair, 1950s.

Mama bear chair, 1950s.

Ox Chair, 1960. which came with or without horns, showed the less serious side of Wegner’s designs. “We must take care,” he once said, “that everything doesn’t get so dreadfully serious. We must play–but we must play seriously.” The Ox was Wegner’s favourite chair and occupied a space in his living room until he passed away.

Ox Chair, 1960. which came with or without horns, showed the less serious side of Wegner’s designs. “We must take care,” he once said, “that everything doesn’t get so dreadfully serious. We must play–but we must play seriously.” The Ox was Wegner’s favourite chair and occupied a space in his living room until he passed away.

Hope you have fun identifying them around the island and if you ever have the chance to sit on a real one vintage or reissued, sit just a little bit longer than you normally would any chair - these are classics.