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The Paper Basket was designed for Aarhus townhall. Wegner was assigned by Arne Jacobsen to design all of the interiors for this presticious project. This resulted in many interesting chairs and desks some of which were only produced for the project.
The idea of the Paper Basket is quite simple. A solid base connected to the top ring by fourteen vertical slats. All components are made of solid wood.
The top ring is particularly interesting as the original drawing for the Paper Basket shows a laminated circular construction. A principle similar to that implemented more than forty years later in the production of the Circle Chair.

However, the Paper Baskets made for Aarhus townhall did not make use of this construction. Instead they were made of several sections of solid wood joined together.
This controversy between the drawing and the products realized from it is a testimony to the complex challenges of such a laminated ring construction. A challenge we finally overcame with the making of the Circle Chair in 1986.

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Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, is one of the most creative, innovative and prolific furniture designers of all time. He created almost 500 in his lifetime. His iconic Wishbone Chair is probably the most well-known and has been in continuous production since 1950. He established his own studio in 1943. He received many design awards. Almost all of the world’s major design museums, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, exhibit his works. He died in Denmark in January 2007, aged 92.
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