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CH24 Wish­bone Chair — Oak

c. 1949

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1950, the Ch24 Wish­bone chair has become a hall­mark of Danish modernism. Exclu­sively avail­able through Carl Hansen and Son, this iconic chair is hand­crafted from solid oak and expertly finished in soaped oak, oak oil, or white oil to add a touch of pres­tige to any space. With over 100 indi­vid­ual processes, each Wish­bone chair requires weeks of metic­u­lous prepa­ra­tion to achieve its distinct, geomet­ric Y‑shaped back and frame. The seat is hand-woven with over 400 feet of natural paper cord, making it durable and long lasting, with an expected lifes­pan of approx­i­mately 50 years.

The Wish­bone oak chair with a natural paper cord seat is part of our quick-ship program. Please see the spec sheet to the left for quick-ship details or call 800.886.0867 for more information.


Source: Carl Hansen & Søn

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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