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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.

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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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