Hans Wegner designed this elegant and simple recliner or deck chair in wood in 1958.
There are two main sections … a long frame for the seat is gently curved in a convex arc that rests on the ground at the back but is raised off the ground by short tapered legs towards the front.
Inset from the back is a frame for the back rest that is fixed to the seat frame with metal pivots on each side and held in one of four possible angles by a bar of metal hinged to the back rest and held at the bottom on sprogs on the seat frame … a mechanism similar to that on the Tub Chair also by Wegner and designed in 1954.
This appears to be a basic arrangement when compared with the beautiful and well-made brass hinges on the deck chair by Kaare Klint.
There are no arm rests on the recliner by Wegner.
There are wide, cross bars or stretchers set flat across the frames at strategic points so between the legs, at the very front edge of the seat frame, towards the foot at the back end of the seat and across the back rest just below the top. The side frames of the back rest continue above the cross bar and are shaped and reminiscent of the handles of a wheel barrow … presumably a feature to help manoeuvre the chair into the right position in the sun.
There is no cross bar or stretcher at the bottom of the back rest - as this would stick into the lower back of someone using the chair - so the frame of the back rest is held rigid by the pivots or hinges at the bottom where the back rest is joined to the frame of the seat.
The rope or halyard runs backwards and forwards across the seat and back rest and is threaded through regularly-spaced holes along the sides of the two frames.
designed by Hans Wegner
first made by Johannes Hansen and then by PP Møbler
oak or ash with halyard - jute with nylon core
overall height varies depending on angle of back
base / seat section length: 159 cm
width: 64 cm
height of front edge of seat: 45 cm