Wegner’s profound understanding of the properties of wood are expressed in new oak-and-walnut versions of three iconic Wegner chairs. Here, the commemorative edition of the celebrated Wishbone Chair
As Carl Hansen & Son celebrates the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s birth, the spotlight falls on Wegner’s extraordinary understanding of wood. Carl Hansen & Son has selected three iconic Wegner chairs to tell the story of the designer’s work on combining different types of wood. In addition to Wegner’s classic CH33 chair, his iconic Wishbone Chair and Sawbuck Chair have, for the first time ever, also been produced in a fusion of oak and walnut.
Danish design is renowned for its extraordinary work in wood. This is due in no small part to Hans J. Wegner and the furniture legacy he secured through a prolific and very active career spanning five decades. Among other accomplishments, Wegner’s drawings of over 500 chairs have won him considerable international acclaim.
Although primarily a cabinetmaker, Wegner was also a brilliant designer. He favored wood as a material, and was particularly interested in the interaction between different types of wood. Wegner’s experimentation in this area allowed him to exploit the unique characteristics and properties of different wood types and use them to highlight particular craftsmanship details in a decorative way.
Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son, says: “Wegner’s design approach is rooted in his exceptional understanding of the properties of wood and his persistent exploration of its potential. His deep respect for wood as a material in furniture production sparked in him an enduring curiosity about its nature and potential. In many ways, wood is the essential common denominator for the collaboration between Wegner and Carl Hansen & Son. For both parties, wood is, so to speak, part of our DNA.”
Three of Wegner’s iconic chairs – the Wishbone Chair (CH24), the Sawbuck Chair (CH29) and the CH33 chair – are being launched to mark the 100th anniversary of Wegner’s birth with a single story that attests to his fascination with the anatomy of wood. Knud Erik Hansen continues: “Given the uniqueness of the occasion, we decided to highlight his deep love of wood. We are therefore launching three of his iconic chairs and the CH327 table in a new combination of wood types – an expression that Wegner adopted early on in his career and one that is common to many of his original furniture design.”
Wegner’s original compositions often combined teak and oak or beech. Carl Hansen & Son has opted for a fusion of oak and walnut as a popular modern-day variant. The combination of light and dark wood produces a harmonious contrast, as evidenced in the world premiere of the two-toned Wishbone Chair, which never before has been produced in mixed wood. Here, the Wishbone Chair’s iconic back and backrest in walnut provide an elegant contrast to the oak frame, in tribute to Wegner’s favored material.
The juxtaposition of different types of wood is used to highlight design details, as highlighting – rather than concealing – the elegant aspects of craftsmanship was one of the cornerstones of Wegner’s design philosophy. This is clearly exemplified in CH29 and CH33, where the oak plugs produce a characteristic contrast to the walnut seat and backrest. Carl Hansen & Son’s launch of an oak-and-walnut version of Wegner’s CH327 dining table completes the homage to Wegner’s masterful work with wood.
The commemorative oak-and-walnut Wishbone Chair (CH24), Sawbuck Chair (CH29), CH33 chair and CH327 dining table will be available in shops from April 2014. The recommended price for the Wishbone Chair is: £620, £649 for the Sawbuck Chair, £372 for the CH33 and prices from £2.951 for the CH327 dining table. All prices excl. VAT.
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Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. The world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Son also produces designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others. The company has 170 employees. All Carl Hansen & Son furniture is produced in Denmark and sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com.