VILHELM LAURITZEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT AND STACKABLE VLA26 VEGA CHAIR FROM 1956 HAS NOW BECOME PART OF THE CARL HANSEN & SON COLLECTION OF DESIGN CLASSICS. THE CHAIR, WHICH HAS PREVIOUSLY ONLY BEEN FOUND IN THE VEGA CONCERT HALLS, WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE TO A WIDER AUDIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894-1984) was an internationally renowned architect who designed ground-breaking buildings and was a pioneer of Danish functionalism. He created modernist masterpieces in which everything was thought out thoroughly down to the smallest detail – from buildings to furniture to doorknobs. This was also the case with the music venue Vega, for which he designed the VLA26 Vega Chair. The chair, which has previously only been found in Vega’s historic concert halls, is now being put into production at Carl Hansen & Son in partnership with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, who are celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 2022.
Vega, which during construction in 1956 was named Folkets Hus (the People’s House), was originally created by Vilhelm Lauritzen as a universal meeting place for the labour movement, but the modernist building was transformed into a concert venue in 1996 after an extensive restoration and has since then set the tone for the cultural life of Copenhagen. Lauritzen designed everything for the building with great perfectionism – from the chairs, tables, wood panels, friezes and chandeliers to the fixtures, door handles and sockets. For Lauritzen, it was the small details that made the biggest difference, bringing the whole space together.
Vilhelm Lauritzen’s uncompromising attention to detail is also evident in the stackable VLA26 Vega Chair, which appears in an elegant mix of steel, wood and textile or leather. The precise upholstery on the seat and the back gives the chair a slender and refined look. For a more reduced appearance, the chair is also crafted without upholstery, bringing the tactile oak into full focus. The dynamic curve of the back of the chair gives it a distinctive character, and the legs are elegantly finished with wooden feet that give the chair exceptional craftsman-like detail.