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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)

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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