Carl Hansen & Søn

Hans Wegner 2024 Birthday Limited Edition CH24 Children's Wishbone Chair, Natural Paper Cord Seat

Carl Hansen & Søn | Denmark Limited Edition
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Designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949, the Wishbone Chair is now being presented for the first time in a version suitable for children from the age of three. Carl Hansen & Søn has had the idea for the chair on the drawing board for a long time. Although smaller, the chair is no less complex to craft as the downscaling was particularly challenging. The individual components cannot simply be downscaled by the same ratio; each component requires its own precise dimensions to retain the chair's original expression. This compelled Carl Hansen & Søn's design team to work out how to balance the proportions before they could achieve a perfect result. Like the original, the Children's Wishbone Chair is made up of fourteen components, taking more than a hundred production steps to craft and assemble each chair, most of which are done by hand. The seat is woven in the envelope pattern using over 82 yards of paper cord. The diameter of the paper cord is also scaled down 33% to achieve a lighter expression that matches the chair's smaller dimensions. It takes an experienced craftsman one hour to weave the seat by hand, and all the processes are carried out at Carl Hansen & Søn's factory in Gelsted, Denmark.

Knud Erik Hansen, CEO and third generation owner-manager of Carl Hansen & Søn, comments: Beautiful design and excellent craftsmanship are ageless, which is why we're very pleased to present the CH24 Children's Wishbone Chair. We've been dreaming of making a child-sized version of the iconic Wishbone Chair for years now, and we're delighted with the result. This smaller version of the Wishbone Chair blends in perfectly with the rest of a household's furniture and is an ideal gift idea for future design enthusiasts.


Hans J Wegner (1914-2007) is considered one of the most creative and productive Danish furniture designers who ever lived. His impact on furniture design both in Denmark and abroad is enormous. Wegner, also known as the ‘Master of the Chair', designed up to 500 chairs during his career, many of which are now considered innovative masterpieces. His CH24 Wishbone Chair in particular has won wide international acclaim over the years and is deemed an ideal chair that captures the essence of modern Danish design.

Inspired by chairs from China's Ming dynasty, Hans J. Wegner designed the CH24 Wishbone Chair in 1949, as part of the very first time Hans J Wegner and Carl Hansen & Søn joined forces on a project. Wegner was keen to design a wooden chair that could be mass produced, whereas Carl Hansen & Søn had the right setup and tenacity to include the chair, which was considered avant-garde at the time, in its collection.

Hans J Wegner took a quantum leap in furniture design when he created the CH24 Wishbone Chair by making the back and armrests out of a single piece of wood. To stabilize the steam-bent back and maximize its comfort, Wegner developed the characteristic wishbone-shaped back for which the iconic Wishbone Chair is named. For the seat, Wegner chose paper cord weaving, a choice necessitated by the post-war shortage of the materials traditionally used to make chair seats, such as leather, textile and wood. After working with paper cord for several years, he became so fond of its appearance and qualities that what was originally an improvised solution became his preferred choice.

  • Brand:Carl Hansen & Søn Handmade Furniture of Denmark
  • Country: Denmark
  • Material: Oiled Oak Wood, Natural Paper Cord
  • Care:Care instructions included.
  • Designer:Hans J. Wegner
  • Dimensions:(WxHxD) 14.9" x 20.1" x 13.4". See image outline for dimension reference.
Hans J. Wegner
As a driving force behind 'Danish Modern', Hans J. Wegner helped change the general public's view of furniture in the 1950s and 1960s. His passion for designing chairs, more than 500 of them, is recognized worldwide and reflected in his title 'the Master of the Chair'. He is famous for integrating perfectly executed joints with exquisite shapes and combining them with a constant curiosity for materials and deep respect for wood and its natural characteristics. His designs furnish minimalism with organic and natural softness.

Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder in Southern Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he completed his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker in the workshop of H. F. Stahlberg where his first designs saw the light of day. At the age of twenty he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to attend the School of Arts and Crafts, where he studied from 1936-1938 before embarking on a career as an architect.

In 1940, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller and began designing furniture for the new City Hall in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city. This was also the year when Wegner began working with master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, who played a major role in introducing modern design to the Danish public.

Hans J. Wegner opened his own drawing office in 1943. In 1944, he designed the first China Chair in a series inspired by Chinese chairs from the Ming dynasty. One of these chairs, the Wishbone Chair, designed in 1949 and produced by Carl Hansen & Søn since 1950, went on to become Wegner's most successful design of all time.

Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive Danish furniture designers of all time. He has received several accolades given to designers, including the Lunning Prize in 1951 and The 8th International Design Award in 1997.

He became an honorary member of the Royal Danish Academy for the Fine Arts in 1995, and an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art in 1997. Almost all of the world's major design museums, from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, feature his furniture in their collections. Hans J. Wegner died in Denmark in January 2007 - at the age of 92.
Carl Hansen & Søn Handmade Furniture of Denmark
Founded in 1908, Carl Hansen & Søn has developed into one of Denmark's leading design companies today. With more than a century of history, backed by respect and a passion for traditional craftsmanship, we are one of the oldest manufacturers of high-quality furniture in Denmark, and the biggest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner.

Carl Hansen & Søn's products embody the narrative of the finest classical furniture art, created by some of Denmark's leading architects and designers—including Frits Henningsen, Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher—as well as the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the Austrian design trio EOOS.

With solid foundations in Danish traditions of joinery, blended with deep insight into the latest production technology, we make furniture of durable beauty and value, distinguished by full respect for sustainable materials.

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