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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)

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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