CH23 Dining Chair
for Carl Hansen & Søn
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.
CHS Passionate Craftmanship
Hans J. Wegner
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.