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CH24 Wish­bone Chair

c. 1949

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH24 Wish­bone Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

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The CH24 Wish­bone Chair was one of the very first models Hans J. Wegner designed for Carl Hansen & Søn and has been in contin­u­ous produc­tion since 1950. With a design that is uniquely its own, the CH24 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.

The CH24 Wish­bone Chair is avail­able in solid oak, ash, beech, and walnut with various finishes. The seat is avail­able in natural or black paper cord.

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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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