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CH25 Lounge Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH25 Lounge Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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Designed in 1950, the CH25 Lounge Chair was one of the first four chairs Hans J. Wegner created espe­cially for Carl Hansen & Søn within his first three weeks with the company. The CH25 Lounge Chair has remained tremen­dously popular and in contin­u­ous produc­tion ever since. However, it was a bit of a revo­lu­tion when Hans J. Wegner designed the CH25 Lounge Chair. Like the Wish­bone Chair, it is ambi­tious and bold in its sculp­tural shape. Wegner’s choice of woven paper cord for the seat and back was unheard of at the time. Paper cord was actu­ally a sustain­able mate­r­ial used during the war. It takes a skilled crafts­man 10 hours to hand weave the seat and back of this chair in a unique pattern using approx­i­mately 400 meters of paper cord. The paper cord is avail­able in natural or black.

The CH25 Lounge Chair is avail­able in solid oak 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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