Not Too Artistic


“The chair is the closest thing to a person. You can give it personal expression. Obviously, it has been just as important for me to make sensible cabinets. Everything in a house must definitely not be too artistic. One thing should accentuate the other. There needs to be a neutral background. In my view, cabinets and the like must be something that works. Chairs, too. But cabinets don’t need personal expression.”

— Hans J. Wegner

Editor’s note: Hans Wegner’s “Fish Cabinet” is one of my favorite pieces of Wegner’s case pieces. Designed for the 1944 Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibition, the cabinet appeared to be in line with the sober work of Kaare Klint and his students. But when the front was opened it revealed an intense intarsia scene that was executed by Wegner himself. Wegner cut the veneer with a pocketknife and assembled the intarsia in a week of intense work. While several commentators have imbued this piece with meaning it probably doesn’t have, I just like it for what it is. It reminds me of a tool chest. Plain on the outside….

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5 Responses to Not Too Artistic

  1. rdwilkins says:

    Love that drawing!! Thanks for posting that Chris. Super cabinet. God I miss pencil drawings!

  2. kv41 says:

    I would like to see what it looks like on the outside.

  3. calebjamesplanemaker says:

    So good


  4. tsstahl says:

    I popped in to comment on the breathtaking scene, but I guess I’m not alone.

    And with a pocket knife!?! Wow.

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