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CH24 Wish­bone Chair Ilse Crawford Edition

c. 1954

by Hans J. Wegner , Ilse Crawford
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH24 Wish­bone Chair Ilse Crawford Edition

by Hans J. Wegner , Ilse Crawford
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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Carl Hansen & Søn has invited Ilse Craw­ford to develop an exclu­sive color palette to cele­brate Hans J. Wegn­er’s endur­ing legacy and over 70 years of collab­o­ra­tion. Craw­ford brings a new perspec­tive to the 1949 Wish­bone chair with 9 matte colors inspired by Danish artist Pier Kirkeby and the Nordic land­scape itself. Pewter, Holly­hock, Barley, Seaweed, Terra­cotta, Clay, North Sea, Slate, and Falu cele­brate the lands’ plants, miner­als, and soil. The water-based colors allow for the wood grain to shine through, provid­ing even greater depth and complex­ity to each piece. These 9 new colors will become avail­able through­out the year, to be released monthly until December 2022


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.

Ilse Crawford


Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a mission to put human needs and desires at the center of her practice. As founder of Studioilse, she brings her philosophy to life. This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behavior and actions in everyday life.

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