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Et Voilà – a Rocking Halloween Skull Chair

skeleton rocking chair

Et Voilà – a Rocking Halloween Skull Chair

We have a little bit of a Halloween history. In itself it is hardly celebrated here in The Hague by the locals, but we have quite a number of English speaking foreigners in The Hage. Hence we see some Halloween celebrations sometimes.

Wegner China Chairs by Johannes Hansen

Wegner China Chairs

Wegner China Chairs by Johannes Hansen

Only gradually I start to understand the naming principles of Wegner Chairs. Aparently Johannes Hansen was the first furniture maker Hans Wegner cooperated with.

Johannes Hansen

Johannes Hansen was a Danish furniture maker who produced furniture between 1940´s-1970´s.

Therafter production ceased. However several pieces been sold high-end auctions.

An important part of Johannes Hansen’s success has been based on the fruitful cooperation with Hans J. Wegner, which was initiated in 1940. In 1941 the first pieces of furniture designed by Wegner were displayed in Johannes Hansen’s store in Bredgade 65 in central Copenhagen.

Johannes Hansen was more than twice as old as the 26 year old Wegner but the unique collaboration between the two became the undisputed backbone of Danish furniture design and the main reason for its worldwide recognition in the fifties and sixties. The Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry acquired the first Wegner chair in 1942. In 1944 Wegner designed for Johannes Hansen the first of a long series of ‘chinese’ chairs, a series of chairs inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. Another of his famous designs, the Peacock chair, was first introduced in 1947. The chair was manufactured for a very long time by Johannes Hansen, but was later picked up and resumed by PP Møbler in 1992, as Wegner had upgraded the basic design in the late 1980’s.

So Wegner chairs with JH in it are chairs designed for Johannes Hansen.

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The Acapulco Chair

Chair Blog is 7,5 years old. This blog might as well be the biggest online chair encyclopedia out there. Is it any surprise that when I need info on a certain chair I first turn to Chair Blog?

Now imagine my surprise when even 7,5 years of blogging about chairs didn’t prove to be enough to return any items on my “Acapulco chair” search. I just had to step in and add this one to the collection!

acapulco1The brief history memo on the Apartment Therapy website shares the following:

Legend has it that a French tourist was visiting Acapulco in the ’50s and was uncomfortably hot atop a solidly-constructed chair in the Mexico sunshine. Inspired by the open string construction of traditional Mayan hammocks nearby, he designed a chair fit for the modern tropics.

So the first Acapulco chair was produced in the ’50s. It’s usually made of vinyl cords on a metal frame and has most commonly been used as outdoor lounge seating. However, the designers of today have been producing many variations on the classic, changing the shape of the frame and using other materials such as leather and cotton cord. Today the Acapulco chair is successfully used indoors, too.

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I love how one can easily customize their Acapulco chair by using their favorite thrown on or a pillow or even by weaving over it. Search for the Acapulco chair on Pinterest, find your preferred version and you might just fall in love!

N.B. Let’s be fair though and mention that Guido happened to unknowingly add a glimpse of the Acapulco chair just recently. This post from October 21st features Claudia Cardinale posing in a… what appears to be an Acapulco chair! Great minds think alike, eh?

P.S. Yes, I’ve effectively stepped down from being a regular contributor to this beloved online publication a few years back due to a new demanding job (and therefore lack of time). I, however, have continued to help out with the Facebook page whenever I stumbled upon a worthy chair related piece of information.

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