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CH23 Dining Chair

c. 1950

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH23 Dining Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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The CH23 Dining chair was one of the first pieces Hans J. Wegner designed exclu­sively for Carl Hansen & Son. First intro­duced in 1950, the Dining chair’s ergonomic form and artis­tic expres­sion would set a new stan­dard for modern furni­ture design. It is seem­ingly uncom­pli­cated; however, it incor­po­rates fine details like the elegant cruci­form cover caps in the back­rest and double-woven seat. True to Wegn­er’s design, the rear legs are arched slightly, ensur­ing optimal stabil­ity. Ch23 demon­strates Wegn­er’s time­less­ness of his aesthetic and inscrutable atten­tion to detail. 


Hans J. Wegner

Denmark (1914–2007)

If Danish modernism is best known and beloved for the use of traditional techniques to emphasize materiality—graceful curves honoring the grain of fine walnut, for example—that’s thanks in large part to Hans J. Wegner. Born in southern Denmark, at 14 Wegner began an apprenticeship with Danish master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg, where he honed a preternatural talent and learned skills he’d bring to bear throughout a career lasting some eighty years and full of design masterpieces.

While studying at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, Wegner worked for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller on a range of furniture for the Aarhus City Hall. Four years after graduation, he had showcased a chair at the Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry, and opened his own firm. Sculptural, surprisingly comfortable seating became Wegner’s trademark: for Fritz Hansen, the floating Chinese chairs; for Carl Hansen & Sons, he designed the instant classic Wishbone, Shell, and Elbow chairs; for PP Møbler, the cozy Papa Bear, iconic Round, and buoyant Circle chairs; and countless others, most still in production.

Wegner retired in 1993 and died fourteen years later, but his work lives on in its ubiquity across residential, hospitality, and corporate design—not to mention the Museum Sønderjylland’s permanent exhibition of the three dozen chairs he felt were his very best in a water tour in his hometown of Tønder.

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