CH445 Wing Chair
for Carl Hansen & Søn
Hans J. Wegner built the CH445 Wing Chair as a fully upholstered easy chair on a solid beech frame with hand-finished stainless steel legs. The composition showcases his excellent understanding of the material and structural dynamics and presents a dramatic, sculptural shape with instant visual appeal.
The true beauty of this sophisticated work, however, lies beneath the surface. Hidden out of view is a seat and backrest design that allows for a variety of positions, always providing superb support for the back, shoulders, neck, and head. The thin legs, slightly higher in front than in the back, give the chair an ideal pitch.
Designed in 1960, the Wing Chair was originally produced in minimal numbers and relaunched in 2006 based on Wegner’s original design.
The CH445 Wing Chair is available with the matching CH446 footstool
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.