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Why We Love It

Designed in 1947, the Peacock chair is at once ergonomic, innovative and stylish. The flared back mimics the feathers of the proud bird and features a flattened section that meets the shoulder blades, allowing one to rest flat against it. Inspired by traditional Windsor chairs, Danish designer Hans Wegner gave his creation a contemporary twist by exaggerating the height of its back and lowering its seat. Whether in an al fresco setting or in the office, it will likely dominate both spaces with its unique design.

Who Designed It

The Peacock chair is one of the 500 brilliant chairs by Hans, who made his first chair at only 15. Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, he earned an architectural degree in 1938 before working as an assistant designer with another Danish great, Arne Jacobsen.

He also frequently collaborated with Johannes Hansen, the master cabinetmaker who helped produced the Peacock chair (which was named by fellow interior designer Finn Juhl). While the seat remains one of Hans’ most famous works, it was only two years later,  in 1940, that he attained international fame with the Round chair.hat It Inspired

What It Inspired

In 1949, Hans released the Folding chair, as well as the Wishbone chair. Both designs earned iconic statuses, but they also featured similar elements seen in the Peacock chair. For example, the former echoes the arched back, while the latter features the same handwoven, paper cord seat.