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CH44 Lounge Chair

c. 1965

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH44 Lounge Chair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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The CH44 Lounge Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn one of a range of Shaker-inspired Wegner pieces that also includes the CH46 and CH47 dining chairs. The CH44 features Wegner’s char­ac­ter­is­tic, visible joints between the front legs and armrests, with the armrests widen­ing to provide strength to the joints that connect to the back legs. The chair is crafted from solid wood and features a durable paper cord seat. It is avail­able with optional seat and back cush­ions and the match­ing CH53 foot­stool for added comfort.

The CH44 Lounge Chair is avail­able in solid oak with various finishes. The seat is avail­able in natural or black paper cord

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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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