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CH88 Armchair

c. 1955

by Hans J. Wegner
for Carl Hansen & Søn

CH88 Armchair

by Hans J. Wegner
for  Carl Hansen & Søn

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The CH88P Armchair is an example of Hans J. Wegner’s explo­ration of mate­ri­als. The elegant combi­na­tion of uphol­stery, wood, and steel shows Wegner’s ability to make mini­mal­ist forms appear soft and comfort­able. Wegner orig­i­nally devel­oped the CH88P as a proto­type with colored legs for the inter­na­tional Hels­ing­borg Exhi­bi­tion of 1955 in Sweden. In 2014, the chair went into produc­tion for the first time.

The CH88P dining chair’s clever construc­tion and stack­able quality make it highly func­tional. The steel frame combined with the wooden back­rest and seat provides an elegant design and comfort­able form. The CH88P is avail­able with a seat uphol­stered in leather or fabric, adding even greater versa­til­ity and comfort. In contrast, the CH88T chair is avail­able with an elegant form-pressed seat in a wood veneer.

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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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