CH327 Dining Table
for Carl Hansen & Søn
The Ch327 dining table is more than just for dining. The simple, elegant design by Hans J. Wegner creates an impressive presence in any room and provides a surface for inspiration or connection. A unique feature of the 1962 design is its unique tabletop, which appears almost floating. CH327 is made entirely of solid wood, with the wood’s grains following the tabletop length. Wegner’s attentive interest in comfort is evident in the design as the side rails are joined higher at the table legs and more narrow between them to increase leg space for seating. It comfortably sits up to 6 people and is available in two lengths with the option to add extensions for even larger parties.
CHS Passionate Craftmanship
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.