Style and Comfort
Hans Wegner's Peacock Lounge Chair
Hans Wegner designed the original Peacock chair in 1947. Inspired by centuries-old Windsor chairs, Wegner crafted his version with radiating wooden spindles to form an elegant arched back. Concerned with ergonomics and comfort, he flattened the spindles of the chair exactly where the shoulder blades met the backrest, giving it a distinct, feathered look. Recognizing its resemblance to a certain exotic bird, Finn Juhl dubbed the chair “Peacock” and the name has become synonymous with the design ever since. Elaborating on the form, Wegner developed the present design in 1953, an upholstered version with a sumptuous leather crest and padded armrests. The fanned backrest was still reminiscent of a Peacocks tail, and the nickname stuck. The design garnered much acclaim when it was presented at the Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibition in 1953, but ultimately due to the complicated construction and expense, only a few examples were ever produced.
Wegner’s furniture is characterized by a distinctive wholeness and peacefulness...moreover, one should notice the economy of expression which is typical of his work as well as his exceptional understanding of materials.
Erik Wørts, 1953