The Chair PP501/PP503 by Hans J. Wegner


Posted on December 25 2017

There are trends that come and go. But some things are timeless. Today, we introduce a new section on our blog: the history of mid-century iconic furniture. Even half a century following their introduction, these iconic pieces are still livening up just about any contemporary interior design.

We start this section with one of our preferred chair ever, which has been referred as "the most beautiful chair in the world" by the American magazine "Interiors". It's The Chair PP501/PP503 by Hans J. Wegner, created in 1949. This chair is one of the most famous Danish pieces of furniture created in the 1950s. Two versions of this chair were introduced. They both have the same solid wood frame. PP501 has a handwoven paper cord seat, PP503 is the upholstered version with leather seat (many colors available) or PU seat.

pp501 style

CBS bought this chair for the TV election debate in 1960 between Kennedy and Nixon.

kennedy pp503

This chair created so much interest that people simply referred it as "The Chair". Today, it is consistently used by designers in restaurants/coffee shops all around the world.

pp503 restaurant

pp503 restaurant (2)

pp503 restaurant (3)

Our standard reproduction comes with a solid wood American ash frame but we can also make it with beech, American white oak or American walnut. Here are the different versions you can purchase:

PP501 (handwoven paper cord seat)

PP503 (PU seat)

PP503 (genuine leather seat)


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