Carl Hansen & Søn
Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair, Natural Paper Cord Seat - 16 Variants
- The Designer
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The Wishbone Chair was one of the very first models Hans J. Wegner designed especially for Carl Hansen & Søn and has been in continuous production since 1950.
With a design that is uniquely its own, the Wishbone Chair holds a special position in the world of modern design.
This iconic design was the last part of a Wegner series inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs. Wegner took a giant leap in furniture design with the series, combining the top rails and arms into a single piece. The characteristic Y-shaped back provides comfortable support while giving stability to the steam-bent top.
Many view the CH24 as an ideal chair as it fulfills the functional demands for comfort and stability while having a distinct look. In other words: it captures the essence of modern Danish design.
To celebrate Hans Wegner's impressive legacy, the CH24 Wishbone Chair has now been reintroduced in oiled teak with mix oiled oak details as they were originally designed. Teak is characterized by its high strength, stability, and vibrant color which elegantly changes from orange to reddish-brown hues during its lifetime.
Historically, teak was commonly used to make some of the first Wegner mix chairs in the 1950s—1960s. As demands grew higher, the use of the tropical teak moved from the indoors to mainly outdoors furniture from Carl Hansen & Søn on account of its high durability. With our recent venture into sourcing teak from our own sawmill in Vietnam, indoor teak furniture is now available with FSC™ certification.
- Brand:Carl Hansen & Søn Handmade Furniture of Denmark
- Country: Denmark
- SKU: CH-CH24-NBS-FJ
- Woods: Ash, Beech, Oak, Mahogany, Teak
- Seat: Natural Paper Cord
- Care:Care instructions included.
- Designer:Hans J. Wegner
- Dimensions:(WxHxD) 21.6" x 29.9" x 20". See image outline for dimension reference.
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'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.