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The Wishbone Chair – model CH24 is designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949.
The CH24 or Wishbone Chair is by far the most sold chair in the history of Carl Hansen & Søn, and yet at the same time one of the most copied chairs of the modern era – a stem-bent solid hardwood frame with an extremely appealing organic shape and a handwoven paper cord seating. This richly detailed chair demands perfect craftsmanship and an intimate knowledge of wood joinery, like the stem-bent back legs that forms a curve and are tapered to join the backrest, the characteristic ‘Y’ that offers back support and the way the steam-bent backrest continuous into gently rounded armrests.
Inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs, Hans J. Wegner designed a small number of chairs, called ‘China Chairs’, characterized by the combined top rails / backrests and armrest into a single piece. The last of these ‘China Chairs’ is the Wishbone Chair, designed in 1949. It was the first chair designed for mass production (without compromising either quality or the detailed craftsmanship) and was the first chair Wegner designed for Danish furniture maker Carl Hansen & Søn.
The chair was put into production by 1950, offered in oak and beech or lacquered in various colors, and has been produced continuously ever since. Only few modifications has been made over the years, like adding 2 cm (0.7″) to the legs to accommodate the rising average height or adding new colors to the lacquered range.
Wegner have set golden the standard for Danish Furniture design with most of his designs, but the Wishbone Chair / CH24 commands its own place in Modern design history – a simple, light and appealing shape with a very strong, confident expression. It captures the essence of modern Danish design and is still the most popular Wegner chair in the Carl Hansen & Søn product range.
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