Hans Wegner was a Danish furniture designer, sometimes referred to as the "King of Chairs" - a reference to the nearly 500 chairs he designed in his lifetime, many that are recognised as design icons to this day. He was born on 2 April 1914 and his work is credited with contributing to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His style is often described as Organic Functionality, a modernist school with emphasis on functionality and natural materials.
Wegner received several major design prizes over his career, including the Grand Prix of the Triennale and the Prince Eugen Medal in Sweden. In 1969, he was made honorary Royal designer for industry by the Royal Society of Arts in London.