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CH36 Dining Chair

c. 1962

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH36 Dining Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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This 1962 design demon­strates the influ­ence Amer­i­can Shaker furni­ture prin­ci­ples and crafts­man­ship had on Hans J. Wegn­er’s work. The simple and func­tional design of the Ch36 Dining chair is crafted with great atten­tion to detail. Its legs taper off slightly towards the floor and in the rear towards the top. The top back­rest is signif­i­cantly more curved than the bottom, a compo­nent designed to opti­mize back support. The chair is finished with a double-woven paper cord seat. On the whole, Ch36 is as comfort­able to sit in as it is beau­ti­ful to behold.


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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