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CH26 Armchair

c. 1950

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH26 Armchair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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The CH26 Armchair designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn design dates back to 1950 but the chair had never been produced, and no mockup existed – only the orig­i­nal sketches. The CH26’s strik­ing simi­lar­ity to the CH22 lounge chair by the same designer is evident in the armrests and the char­ac­ter­is­tic, sweep­ing form of the armrest supports. Because Wegner intended for the CH26 to serve as a dining or desk chair, he gave serious consid­er­a­tion to the chair’s propor­tions and its height in rela­tion to tables, adjust­ing the CH26’s frame and seat struc­ture to enhance strength and stabil­ity. The CH26 design has now finally come to life, manu­fac­tured in exact accor­dance with Wegner’s orig­i­nal, hand-drawn sketches, the only excep­tion being two extra centime­ters that have been added to the chair’s height to accom­mo­date today’s higher tables and people. Common to both the CH22 and CH26 are excel­lent ergonom­ics, a robust construc­tion, and the char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally shaped elements, which result in a distinc­tive appear­ance that expresses the extent to which every detail has been thought through.


Credit: 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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