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CH22 Lounge Chair

c. 1950

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH22 Lounge Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

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The CH22 Lounge Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn was orig­i­nally designed in 1950 and presented in August of the same year at the Købestævnet’ exhi­bi­tion in Denmark. Manu­fac­tured to Wegner’s exact­ing orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the CH22 is a low armchair with a solid wood construc­tion, featur­ing char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally shaped armrests and a paper cord seat in what is known as an enve­lope weave. The chair’s refined joinery is evident in the finger-joined corners of the seat frame, with the forelegs locking into wooden wedges in a color contrast­ing that of the frame. The distinc­tive back shell in form-pressed veneer features oblong cover caps as a strik­ing detail. The CH22’s complex, intri­cately detailed construc­tion may explain why the lounge chair has long been out of production. 

Today, while parts of the produc­tion process have been modern­ized, the chair is still manu­fac­tured as it was more than six decades ago – that is, with excel­lent hand crafts­man­ship, from assem­bly through the surface treat­ment and seat weaving.

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Hans J. Wegner

Denmark (1914–2007)

Designing approximately 500 products in his lifetime, many of them chairs, Hans J. Wegner was a prolific talent whose designs have become synonymous with modern Danish design. He dreamed up his famous CH24 chair, or Wishbone chair, for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it instantly became a bestseller. Still today, the chair is ubiquitous in residences, restaurants, offices, and other spaces around the world.

At age 14, Wegner apprenticed with Danish master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg, a training that would lead to the expert joinery and technique that emerged in his own furniture. He carried a deep respect for wood and the material allowed him to introduce a natural and organic sensibility to the minimalist and functional forms he designed. In the 1940’s, he worked for Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen designing furniture for the Aarhus City Hall in Denmark before establishing his own furniture studio.

Wegner collaborated with Carl Hansen & Søn on numerous iconic pieces and the Danish manufacturer continues to produce many of his artful creations, such as the CH07 Shell chair and CH20 Elbow chair.

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