Over five-hundred different chairs were designed by the prolific Hans Wegner who has been dubbed the ‘Master of the Chair’. He was also a pioneer of the ‘Danish Modern’ movement which sparked a collection of furniture and homeware designs featuring minimalist, clean lines combined with expert craftsmanship that defined the 1950’s and 60’s. His most recognised design is the CH24 Wishbone Chair which he designed in 1949 for Danish furniture company Carl Hansen & Son.
Every generation since has seen a resurgence in the chair’s popularity, elevating it to cult status. The chair has been in continuous production for over sixty years now, becoming a go-to for many designers and stylists, as well as a popular choice for homeowners. Originally inspired by portraits of Danish merchants in Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs, the simplicity of the rounded frame and Y-back lends itself to a multitude of interior styles and spaces, adding a subtle sophistication. It’s part of an exclusive club of midcentury designs that have transcended that time period and outlasted design trends.
The Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner is beloved for its simplicity and clean lines. However, the construction of each chair is more complex than it seems with over one-hundred steps needed to produce the signature design. A skilled craftsman can take up to an hour to weave the seat using paper cord which has an impressive strength, making it a durable and beautiful option. The frame is made of timber that has been sustainably harvested and is available in a variety of Danish and American hardwoods such as beech and walnut. These material options further enhance its versatility, making it the ideal all-rounder chair. Grouped around a dining table or as a standalone feature, the Wishbone Chair is a classic that combines premium aesthetics with durable Scandivanian construction.