CH28 Lounge Chair
for Carl Hansen & Søn
Functional and sculptural, with an exceptional finish, Hans J. Wegner’s CH28 lounge chair design features many of the master’s signature elements. Sharp and shapely lines contrast beautifully in this highly-appealing chair. Ease back in comfort with rounded edges and delicate touches. Though angular and precise in its expression, the CH28 lounge chair, closely related to Wegner’s famous Sawbuck Chair, showcases Wegner’s dedication to finding the optimal balance of function and visually pleasing form. The design also achieves excellent comfort. Noteworthy details include rounded armrests, wooden seat buttons that contrast with the wood grain of the seat and back, and the intriguing dynamic between the thin, bent seat and back and the more robust round legs.
The CH28 lounge chair is available in solid oak and walnut as well as in a combination of these wood types, with various finishes. The seat and back are also available upholstered in fabric or leather from the collection.
Credit: Carl Hansen and Søn
Hans J. Wegner
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.