SPECIAL-EDITION WISHBONE CHAIR

The series is crafted from 100-year-old beech wood planted in Wegner’s birth year.

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A special edition of the world-famous Wishbone Chair is being released to mark Wegner’s 100th birthday.

Carl Hansen & Son’s celebration of Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday culminates with the launch of a special-edition Wishbone Chair. The commemorative chair is crafted from 100-year-old beechwood planted on the island of Funen, Denmark in 1914 – the year of Wegner’s birth.

He was one of Denmark’s greatest furniture designers. His furniture represents the best in Danish Design. He has inspired designers the world over. Hans J. Wegner would have turned 100 this year, and Carl Hansen & Son is marking the occasion with a special edition of his best-selling chair – the Wishbone Chair. Designed for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949, the Wishbone Chair was part of Wegner’s first collection for the furniture maker. The iconic piece was put into production the following year and has been continuously manufactured ever since.

 The special-edition Wishbone Chair is crafted from 100-year-old beechwood that was planted in 1914 – Wegner’s birth year – in the woods near the Brahetrolleborg Manor on Funen, Denmark. For generations, the forestry operations here have been conducted with respect for nature, allowing the estate and its surroundings to remain a unique natural gem. Today, Brahetrolleborg continues to stand for sustainable wood production of unsurpassed quality.

The special edition is a tribute to the master of chair design. Each chair comes with a unique origin label with a serial number, and a certificate authenticating that the series is manufactured from 100-year-old beechwood. Carl Hansen & Son’s CEO Knud Erik Hansen, who represents the third generation of the family-run company, says: “This series of chairs has been handled with great care throughout production. The timber has been isolated from all other wood and specifically labeled throughout all stages up through the chairs’ completion. The special production process has occasionally been challenging logistically, but everyone has been enthusiastic about this exciting project, making it an extremely fitting tribute to someone who loved natural wood, as Wegner did.”

He continues: “Beechwood is about as Danish as one can get. Poets have frequently used Danish beech trees to represent something beautiful, strong and quintessentially Danish. In Danish forests, it is often the beech trees that tower above all others. Their wood is harmonious, flexible and of such high quality that it has been extremely versatile over the centuries, and suited to almost any purpose. It is also interesting to contemplate that this 100-year-old wood has witnessed the same events as Wegner. If this wood could talk, it would recount a Danish history about a time of such changes as the world had never seen.”

The special-edition, 100-year-old beechwood Wishbone Chair is available in multiple variants and will be in stores in September. Recommended retail prices start at £411 excl. VAT.

To find your nearest dealer, please visit www.carlhansen.com.

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

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 210 employees. All Carl Hansen & Son furniture is produced in Denmark and sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com

Carl Hansen & Son Gears Up for Continued Export Growth – furniture manufacturer reports 4th year of consecutive growth

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Carl Hansen & Son, manufacturer of Wegner’s world-famous Wishbone Chair, is enjoying continued growth.

Carl Hansen & Son has published its annual report announcing increasing revenues for the fourth consecutive year and a continued high level of investment. To meet constantly growing demand in all export markets, the company is investing in increased production capacity and creating new jobs in Denmark.

Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son, the world’s largest producer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, continues to enjoy success following several years of consistent revenue growth. In 2013, revenue increased by 17% and is historically high. The result is driven primarily by growing demand for the company’s Danish-designed furniture in all export markets, as well as by Carl Hansen & Son’s compelling legacy. Exports continue to account for 70% of sales.

Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son says: “It is fantastic to see demand soaring in attractive markets such as the US, China and Japan. The Nordic region and the UK are also reporting high growth rates. In all these markets, quality is paramount – and in addition to our strong position based on product quality, our brand also offers a unique story: namely, that our products are made by hand in Denmark. To further support and strengthen our brand, we have, for instance, invested resources in establishing a flagship store in Tokyo, and will open one in London later in the year.

The increasing demand for Carl Hansen & Son’s high-quality furniture has naturally stretched existing production capacity in Aarup on Funen, Denmark, requiring expansion of production facilities. To this end, in 2013, the company entered into an agreement to acquire an industrial plot of land in Aarup, and also took over new production premises in the nearby town of Gelsted this year. Carl Hansen & Son also acquired the cabinetmakers Snedkeriet Niels Roth in 2013 as part of its strategy of gathering iconic design classics under one roof. In 2013, these initiatives led to investments of DKK 26.3 million – a 56% increase relative to the previous year. At DKK 10.2 million, the pre-tax profit is on par with previous years, with a continued increase in equity. The results are described as satisfactory overall.

Carl Hansen & Son continues to experience the positive development and growth the company has enjoyed since the start of the financial crisis. Following the concurrent broadening of its product portfolio and capacity expansion, the company is geared to meet the expected demand of the coming years. Carl Hansen & Son expects growth of 20-25% in 2014, and profits that are 25-50% higher than in 2013. The substantial investments and other measures will also mean 40 to 50 new Danish jobs in connection with the establishment of new production facilities on Funen.

Knud Erik Hansen explains: “The investments are necessary for the company to meet increased demand, which we expect to continue in the coming years. So when the opportunity to purchase a 55,000-square-meter plot adjacent to our existing factory in Aarup arose, I had no second thoughts. However, we cannot begin production here in the short term, which is why in spring 2014 we acquired the former Velux factory in Gelsted on Funen, where production will begin in August prior to further expansion in January 2015. These measures will generate new local jobs – which aligns perfectly with our brand promise of Danish-made, high-quality furniture classics.

For further information, please contact:

CARL HANSEN & SON

Communication Manager

Pernille Ehlert Florentz

Tel.: +45 2159 8063

Email: [email protected]

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

Every piece of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and our portfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others. Carl Hansen & Son has 210 employees. All its furniture is produced in Denmark and sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com

MASTERFUL FURNITURE AESTHETICS – New Wegner credenza enhances the versatility of the CH100 series

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To mark Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday, Carl Hansen & Son is focusing on his exclusive CH100 series. With its elegant, simple shapes and materials, the series epitomizes thoughtful design and unsurpassed craftsmanship. Originally launched as office furniture, the series has – particularly with the addition of the CH825 credenza – become far more versatile and fitting for a variety of settings.

Hans J. Wegner was a visionary whose designs were often ahead of their time. In 1970, he designed an exclusive furniture series that represents some of the finest steel work of his career. The series embodies the extremely simple cubic design that, along with timeless and exquisite comfort, has maintained its modern expression throughout the years.

The pieces were produced in small quantities throughout the 1970s, until Carl Hansen & Son relaunched the series with sofas, an armchair and coffee tables for the company’s 100th anniversary in 2008. Since then, a desk, two chairs and another armchair have been added to the series.

To mark Wegner’s 100th birthday, Carl Hansen & Son is relaunching an exclusive, elegant credenza Wegner created in 1958 – a design that shares elements with, and in many ways compliments, the CH100 series.

Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son, says, “We decided to add Wegner’s CH100 series to our range because, with its subtle strength and the charisma that defines masterful design, it is very inviting. The series was originally launched to target modern offices and conference centers, but its design makes it suitable for other settings, from stylish home interiors to hotel lounges. The CH825 credenza elegantly compliments the series and makes it far more versatile.”

Wegner’s CH825 credenza is, thanks to its loop legs, closely related to the CH100 series. Originally one of a series of three credenzas launched in 1959, the CH825 is based on Wegner’s original drawings. Wegner later reinterpreted it in a variant intended to serve as storage furniture for the exclusive CH100 series. The credenza is designed with steel loop legs to match the other pieces in the series. All furniture in the series features simple surfaces made of luxurious materials like oak, walnut and leather, which exude calm and energy, while the loop legs in stainless steel lend the minimalist design a natural softness which is Wegner’s signature.

CH825 will be in stores from September 2014, with recommended retail prices starting at £4,589 (excl. VAT). Recommended retail prices for the CH100 series (all prices excl. VAT): CH101 armchair from £2,548, CH102 sofa from £4,057, CH103 sofa from £5,337, CH104 sofa from £8,961, CH106 coffee table £1,416, CH108 coffee table £1,698, CH110 desk from £6,369, CH111 chair from £2,043, CH112 armchair £1,386, CH113 chair £1,356.

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

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

THE MARVELOUS METROPOLITAN – World-Class Design and Craftsmanship

LM92_Foldingtable_Walnut_Cognac The Metropolitan Chair earned its name  when The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased the chair in 1961.

On the international design scene, the duo Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen are far less known than designers like Hans J. Wegner. But upon closer inspection of their major work – the Metropolitan Chair – one begins to understand their intuitive sense for world-class design and craftsmanship.

Carl Hansen & Son is relaunching the Metropolitan Chair, which Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen first presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Furniture Exhibition in 1949, a few years after joining forces. The Metropolitan Chair is now available with solid oak or walnut legs and a saddle leather seat and backrest in natural, cognac or black.

Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son, says: “The Metropolitan Chair is a valuable Danish furniture classic that will undoubtedly do well with a diverse, international audience. Along with the rest of our range, the chair tells the story of Danish design at its best. The addition of the Metropolitan Chair to our portfolio brings us significantly closer to our vision of gathering the greatest furniture icons, with emphasis on high quality and traditions of craftsmanship, under one roof.”

Larsen and Bender Madsen, who trained as furniture upholsterer and cabinetmaker, respectively, met while studying under leading Danish designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Together they designed approximately 300 works, of which the Metropolitan Chair is considered their most significant.

Originally intended as a conference chair, the Metropolitan Chair went into production in 1950. The design is the result of many intense hours where Larsen and Bender Madsen designed and developed late into the night. The tensioned veneer back was inspired by a lamination technique course Bender Madsen had taken earlier.

After a 1961 Danish export campaign, the Metropolitan Museum in New York purchased the chair for its exhibition, The Arts of Denmark. The chair was consequently named the Metropolitan Chair – probably one of the greatest honours a chair can earn. Chase Manhattan Bank also expressed an interest in purchasing 450 of the chairs for their new head office.

The chair was previously made primarily of teak, oak, and occasionally cherry wood. A decade after the original version was unveiled; it was supplemented with a saddle leather seat and backrest. The chair is distinguished by its impressive saddle leather upholstery and excellent seating comfort.

The Metropolitan Chair (product code LM92) is available in oak and walnut with various surface treatments and saddle leather upholstery in natural, cognac or black. The chair’s dimensions are 42.5 cm (seat height), 79.5 cm (height), 56 cm (depth) and 77.5 cm (width). The Metropolitan Chair will be in stores from September 2014, with recommended retail prices starting at £1,972 (excl. VAT).

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

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, CarlHansen & 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

WEGNER’S STATEMENT CREDENZA – advanced design from 1958

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Wegner’s elegant and exclusive 1958 credenza

Carl Hansen & Son is relaunching Hans J. Wegner’s 1958 credenza to mark Wegner’s 100th birthday. The advanced construction and sophisticated design have culminated in an exclusive credenza that has, to date, been a highly coveted auction item – but will be available in stores worldwide starting September 2014.

To mark Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday, Carl Hansen & Son is relaunching a credenza Wegner designed in 1958. The CH825 was originally one of a series of three credenzas launched in 1959 based on Wegner’s original drawings. In recent years, the design, particularly the palisander version, has been a highly coveted furniture piece at auctions.

Although it looks simple, the credenza features an advanced design with roller shutter doors, requiring double sides and rear panel between which the roller shutters run on a track and disappear when opened. Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son, comments: “We wanted to observe Wegner’s 100th birthday in style and celebrate his approach to detail-oriented craftsmanship – and sought an item of furniture that showcased this. The credenza certainly does. The CH825 also complements our range nicely and is so versatile that it is ideal for a home living room, a hotel lounge, or an office setting.”

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The credenza, originally made of palisander and teak, has today been replaced with walnut and oak.The CH825 frame has been updated and has been drawn in 2 cm from the front and rear edges to allow the credenza to be placed flush against walls with skirting boards. The legs are either round wooden ones in solid oak or walnut or steel loops, which are also used in Wegner’s CH100 series. The different variants allow the credenza to match a wide range of interior styles and settings.

The low credenza offers an ideal surface for artistically arranging favorite objects, while other items can be stored behind the elegant roller shutter doors. The interior features adjustable shelves and pullout drawers are designed to enable simple installation of additional drawers.

The CH825 is available in either oak or walnut with roller shutter doors. Its interior shelves and pullout drawers are oak. Legs are available in a round wooden variant in solid oak or walnut or as stainless steel loops. The credenza’s dimensions are 200 cm (length), 80.8 cm (height) and 49 cm (depth). CH825 will be in stores from September 2014, with recommended retail prices starting at £4,589 (excl. VAT).

To find your nearest Carl Hansen & Son dealer, call +45 6612 1404 or visit www.carlhansen.com

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

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

 

CARL HANSEN & SON FLAGSHIP STORE OPENING IN TOKYO

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Carl Hansen & Son’s new two-story Tokyo flagship store.

Carl Hansen & Son’s flagship store in central Tokyo officially opens on April 2, simultaneously marking the 100th anniversary of acclaimed Danish designer Hans J. Wegner’s birth. The two-story design shop will offer the finest in classic furniture craftsmanship from Hans J. Wegner, alongside works by other Danish design masters such as Kaare Klint and Ole Wanscher and by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Carl Hansen & Son, the company behind some of the greatest furniture classics in Danish design history, will officially open its new flagship store in Tokyo on April 2 – the date of Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday, which will be celebrated at the opening.

The new Tokyo flagship store is located in the alluring Jingumae quarter in the Aoyama area – already home to some of Japan’s most prominent design, fashion, and home interior lifestyle stores and galleries, and an ideal setting for the Carl Hansen & Son design universe.

CEO Knud Erik Hansen explains: “We are experiencing strong growthTokyoflagshipstore_1 in Japan – currently our largest export market. This growth has been largely driven by Hans J. Wegner’s world-famous Wishbone Chair, which the Japanese find quite fascinating. Japanese consumers recognize good design and quality craftsmanship – they do, after all, also have a strong, enduring tradition of beautiful craftsmanship using natural materials with a distinctively minimalist expression. Japan and Denmark share these values, and the Japanese also appreciate Wegner’s minimalist approach and use of wood in his timeless and elegant designs. So it makes sense for us to open a flagship store in Tokyo that can serve as a platform for greater visibility in the urban landscape and increase Japanese awareness of the Carl Hansen & Son brand.”

The concept behind Carl Hansen & Son’s large flagship store is to gather Danish design classics under one roof. With its six-meter tall glass facade, the two-story design shop provides the perfect setting for the story of classic Danish furniture craftsmanship and the history created by some of Denmark’s greatest architects and designers. A key requirement was finding a space with natural lighting inspired by Danish architecture, allowing the furniture to be presented most authentically in an inviting and intimate atmosphere.

The top level is devoted to a display of Carl Hansen & Son furniture designs by Hans J. Wegner, Ole Wanscher, Tadao Ando and others. The ground level is set up as a Rud. Rasmussen universe, with designs by Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Mogens Lassen and others. This will be the first time the illustrious 145-year-old Rud. Rasmussen collection will be on view in Japan – and Asia in general. Rud. Rasmussen represents the same uncompromising quality craftsmanship that characterizes Carl Hansen & Son, with the two brands complementing one another as they tell the story of Danish design. The acclaimed Rud. Rasmussen furniture maker became part of Carl Hansen & Son in December 2011.

Aoyama Art Works   bldg.  1F / 2F Tel.: +81 (0)3 5413 5421
2-5-10 Jingumae Mon-Fri: 11.00 am – 8.00   pm
Shibuya-ku 150-0001,   Tokyo Sat & Sun: 12.00 –   7.00 pm

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

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. Learn more at www.carlhansen.com.

 

CARL HANSEN & SON CELEBRATES WEGNER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

CH24_engravementThe iconic Wishbone Chair bearing Wegner’s signature.

On April 2, 2014, Carl Hansen & Son will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s birth with a special tribute, engraving all Wishbone Chairs ordered that day with the date and Wegner’s signature.
Hans J. Wegner is a towering figure in the history of Danish furniture design, which he played a key role in bringing to the world stage in the 1950s. On April 2, 2014, Wegner would have turned 100, and Carl Hansen & Son is marking the occasion with a special tribute to the man behind such iconic designs as the Wishbone Chair, Shell Chair and Wing Chair.

Engraving the Wishbone Chair

All Wishbone Chairs ordered on April 2nd will bear the date and Wegner’s engraved signature. The engraving is made on the wood’s surface with a laser, reproducing the signature with a high degree of detail in keeping with Wegner’s high standards of craftsmanship. The engraving will be discreetly located on the underside of the chair.

Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son, comments: “As the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, we have been looking forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the master’s birth. We will be launching furniture designed by Wegner throughout the year, but wanted to create something unique and enduring to mark the actual day. The engraved chairs offer design enthusiasts an opportunity to own a signed version of one of Wegner’s most popular pieces. Wegner created the Wishbone Chair in 1949 and my father began manufacturing it the following year. It has been in continuous production by Carl Hansen & Son ever since, and is today the most sold of Wegner’s chairs.”

The signature and date engraving will appear on all Wishbone Chairs ordered anywhere in the world on April 2nd, 2014 and comes at no extra cost.

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

PrintEvery 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

 

THE DINING TABLE – A NATURAL GATHERING POINT

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Through the years, the table has played a key role in Danish furniture design, often being considered a central element in a room’s decor. Hans J. Wegner may be best known for his great love for chairs, but tables were also an important part of his visionary approach to design and his well-known minimalist expression. The Strand+Hvass design duo, whose tables, like Wegner’s, are also made by Carl Hansen & Son, follows the same approach.

The dining table in particular has always had a major impact on the way people spend time together. It is often around this table that we meet in the mornings or evenings. A unique gathering point in the home, its importance is often underestimated. Yet many of our most memorable experiences take place around the dining table – experiences that deserve the passion for craftsmanship that characterizes Carl Hansen & Son’s approach to design.

While today it is often the chairs that attract most attention, Carl Hansen & Son also offers a wide range of Hans J. Wegner and Strand+Hvass coffee tables andFolding_Extend_Oak_Detail dining tables. “The table is often overlooked as an element of home interior design and has not received the recognition that I think it deserves,” explains Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. “For Hans J. Wegner, the table was an essential part of a room’s furnishings and function. Wegner focused on quality craftsmanship and paid tribute to natural and organic shapes and materials in his table designs. Wegner saw the table as being just as important an element in the home as his famous chairs.”

“It is a pleasure to see how contemporary designers such as Strand+Hvass approach the task of interpreting today’s dining table,” Hansen continues. “Like Wegner, they focus on creating designs with minimalist expression and interesting craftsmanship details and finishes.”

Easy table selection

For modern consumers, design that combines aesthetics and functionality is a major factor in home furnishings selection. Today’s consumers also value the opportunity to participate in the interior design process – and to find inspiration at any time of day or night. Carl Hansen & Son’s online table configurator makes it possible to quickly and easily explore the company’s extensive range of tables, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, to match any personal style and needs and to best complement the decor of a particular home, hotel or conference room.

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Tables to dine at and gather around

Having designed over 500 different chairs – including the Wishbone Chair, Shell Chair and Wing Chair – Hans J. Wegner is renowned as the master of chair design. His passion, however, did not stop at seating, and he was equally enthusiastic about designing tables to match his chairs and vice versa. It was vitally important to Wegner that his table and chair designs were harmonious and fulfilled his strict quality and design requirements.

Wegner’s visionary approach to design is expressed in his elegant dining tables, which are based on classic geometric shapes. Featuring organic materials and shapes, the tables demonstrate Wegner’s unique talent for achieving harmony between form and function. Several of Wegner’s tables are the result of his experiments with combining solid wood and stainless steel, which adds a degree of lightness to the design. With their simultaneously simple and detailed designs, Wegner’s tables are well-suited to the current trend of juxtaposing soft and hard materials to create a modern look. Wegner also mastered the art of designing tables entirely of wood, creating a solid expression that is also appealing to the eye.

Carl Hansen & Son’s extensive product range includes furniture from the Strand+Hvass Danish design duo – the creators of the Straight and Extend tables. Straight is available with either a solid wood or laminate tabletop and solid wood legs. The tabletop rests on an aluminium frame, creating an almost floating appearance with strong links to light, bright Scandinavian style. Extend has a wooden tabletop and legs and is characterized by strong, simple lines. The table comes with built-in extension leaves that add room for up to four extra seats.

For further information about Carl Hansen & Son’s table configurator, visit www.carlhansen.com

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

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.

MINIMALISM ON FOUR LEGS ACCORDING TO HANS J. WEGNER

 

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Wegner’s thoughtful play with wood and steel.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s birth, Carl Hansen & Son is launching Wegner’s CH88 chair – a 1955 design that has, to date, existed only as a prototype. One of Wegner’s few designs combining wood and steel, the CH88 is a versatile chair updated for today’s needs.

Although primarily known and renowned for his work with wood, Hans J. Wegner was always interested in exploring and working with other materials. This is evident in the CH88, originally a prototype for a chair featuring elements of steel. To mark the 100th anniversary of Wegner’s birthday, Carl Hansen & Son is producing the CH88 for the first time.

A CH88 prototype was unveiled in 1955 at the international H55 Exhibition in Helsingborg, organized by the Swedish Design Association, Föreningen Svensk Form. Here, Wegner exhibited his furniture alongside other designers, including Alvar Aalto.

“The CH88 epitomizes Wegner’s characteristic play with materials – a surprising blend of wood and steel. Wegner was an unsurpassed master when it came to exploring the applications and compatibility of different materials. It is precisely the fusion of organic wood and industrial steel that produces a versatile chair suited to a range of different styles and settings,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

He continues: “We continually strive to recreate Wegner’s design in accordance with his original drawings, but it goes without saying that a chair designed almost 60 years ago must be updated to fulfill modern needs. The height of the seat, armrests and backrest have all been raised slightly for the simple reason that people are taller now. The shape of the seat has also been modified slightly so that the chair can be stacked. All in all, the CH88 is a chair that beautifully illustrates Wegner’s commitment to understanding the potential of materials and his search for perfection in minimalist design.”

As with all his chairs, Wegner was intent on creating the ideal distance between the seat and backrest with the aim of achieving optimal back support. In Wegner’s eyes, comfort was an inherent feature of any good chair.

The CH88 is versatile both in terms of its appearance and usability thanks to its numerous finish, frame, and room placement options. Characteristically, the upper structure features a steam-bent wooden backrest for back support, with slight curvatures of the backrest’s ends providing a natural resting place for the arms. The steel frame, with straight back legs, supports an oval-shaped wooden seat. This blend of materials, combined with a minimalist design, results in a light, organic, industrial expression. And the new, stackable design offers a valuable benefit. The CH88’s overall flexibility, coupled with its many variants, makes the chair equally well-suited to multiple environments – from the living room to the hotel restaurant or corporate canteen.

The CH88 is available in beech and oak in a range of finishes. The frame is available in stainless steel, black powder coating and chrome, and the seat with optional leather or textile upholstery. The chair’s dimensions are 44.5 cm (seat height), 76.5 cm (height), 44.5 cm (depth) and 57 cm (width). Up to four CH88 chairs can be stacked.

The CH88 will be in shops from May 2014. Recommended prices from £258 excl. VAT.

 

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON 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.

 

 

 

AT ONE WITH NATURE – iconic Wegner chairs feature new wood combination

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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 CH24_CH327_Walnut_Oak_Detail (2)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.

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

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.

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