02 Oct Answer: Know Your Design

Hans J. Wegner designed the CH24, also called Wishbone chair for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949

Hans J. Wegner would have turned 100 last year. He created some of the world’s best chairs – many of them in collaboration with Carl Hansen & Søn.

Wegner was born in 1914 in the Danish town of Tønder in Southern Jutland. He became a cabinetmaker’s apprentice at a young age, and then he studied at a technical college and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

At 24, he began producing his own furniture, attracting increasing attention from the industry in years that followed – not least from Carl Hansen & Søn, which offered to partner with Wegner in 1949. This partnership led to Wegner’s commercial breakthrough and was a defining moment for Carl Hansen & Søn.

In his first three weeks at Carl Hansen & Søn, Wegner designed four chairs – CH22, CH23, CH24 and CH25. CH24 is the product code for the new iconic and world-famous Wishbone Chair.

CH24 and CH25 has been in continuous production ever since.

“Imagine if you could design just one good chair in your lifetime – but that simply cannot be done,” Hans J. Wegner said in 1952.

The statement seems paradoxical coming from one of the world’s most talented furniture designers. Yet it is the key to understanding Wegner’s conviction that designing the perfect chair is a task that is never complete.

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