于1903年出生在丹麦哥本哈根的建筑师兼设计师的 Ole Wanscher 义了是丹麦上世纪中叶现代运动的关键人物。他通过重塑传统形式而创造出简约，精致的美学概念，从而为后一批丹麦年轻设计师确立了丹麦现代设计。他的许多作品成为了北欧家庭的主要家具构成。
Wanscher 就读于丹麦皇家美术学院，师从著名建筑师兼设计师 Kaare Klint (1888-1954)。从1924年到1927年，Wanscher 和 Klint 一起工作。Klint 去世后，Wanscher 被授予 Klint 学院的教授职位，直到1973年退休。
1927年，Wanscher 开设了自己的建筑公司同时从事家具设计。和 Klint 一样，Wanscher 并不否定传统家具形式，他研究人体工程学，从而探索经典简约之美。Wanscher 多次出游深受古埃及、古希腊及中国传统家具形式的影响。在1940年代和1960年代之间，Wanscher 常与细木工匠们进行深度合作，如 A. J. Iversen (1888-1979)。他与丹麦大型制造商的合作令其作品扬名欧美，包括 France & Søn, Fritz Hansen, Poul Jeppesen, and Rud Rasmussen. Wanscher 出版的几本设计史书籍，《家具艺术的历史》(1956) 和《家具的五千年》(1967)，释意了他对全球家具设计史的尊重及对传统家具的理解。
尽管 Wanscher 不如同时代的 Finn Juhl, Hans J. Wegner, Poul Henningsen 等人出名，但他给许多重要的评论家留下了深刻的印象。1958年，Sven Erik Moller 在丹麦报纸《Politiken 政治》上写道:“Wanscher 所设计的椅子，可以使用超过百年。 2003年，著名的《纽约时报》艺术评论家 Roberta Smith 评论道：“Wanscher 集手工艺大师、设计师、雕刻家和历史学家于一身。特别是他对精致生活方式的敏感，使他的作品为当时的家具行业注入全新生机。Ole Wanscher 于1985年去世。Carl Hansen & Søn 如今还保持生产 Wanscher 的许多设计。
Wanscher was born on 16 September 1903 in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, the son of art historian Vilhelm Wanscher (1875-1961) and painter Laura K. Baagøe Zeuthen (1877-1974). He studied at the Danish School of Art and Design, and was particularly influenced by Prof. Kaare Klint.
After completing his studies, Wanscher worked with Klint from 1924 to 1927, at which time he set up his own office, specializing in furniture design.
Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Wanscher, working with master joiner A. J. Iversen, produced dozens of designs that are now seen as modern classics. In the 1950s, Wanscher left his private firm and began an association with P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik A/S that would last for the rest of his professional life.
Like his mentor Kaare Klint, Wanscher was influenced by a variety of sources, from 18th century British design through the furniture design of Ancient Egypt. One of Wanscher's most famous pieces was his so-called "Egyptian Stool" of 1960. He was also influenced by Greek and Chinese design.
While many of Wanscher best known designs were built with master joiner A.J. Iversen, Wanscher also showed a particular interest in the mass production of furniture, and several of his pieces were designed with mass production in mind. One of Wanscher's best known designs is the teak easy chair designed for France & Son in 1951.
pon the death of Kaare Klint in 1955, Wanscher replaced Klint as professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, a post he held until his retirement in 1973. Taking a cue from his father, an art historian, Wanscher published several histories of furniture design during his time at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, including The History of the Art of Furniture and Five Thousand Years of Furniture.
Wanscher's work has remained popular with furniture collectors. It has been called "delicate", "elegant", and "orderly".
In 2003, Vance Trimble, a furniture dealer and collector, staged a retrospective of Wanscher's work in New York City, which was well received.