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

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

CH825_CH100_WideWegner’s CH825 credenza compliments the master’s CH100 series

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

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 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

CH24_CH338_Oak Hans J. Wegner’s oval table series is the essence of his visionary design philosophy.        

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.

Folding_Extend_OakWith its ingenious extension system, the Strand+Hvass Extend Table is the perfect gathering point for groups of all sizes.

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.

Singular Contours for Quiet Moments

Wegner’s archetype for the ideal armchair.
Home furnishing in 2013 demands pieces that create personal space and embrace the body. Over 50 years ago, Wegner created two iconic armchairs – the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair – that today continue to fulfil our continually evolving needs. The designs sum up Wegner’s knowledge of ergonomics combined with his sculptural and minimalist expression.

CH445-468_Haungaard_Ann_220x297mm.indd Hans J. Wegner’s two armchair archetypes – Wing Chair and Oculus.

This year’s furniture exhibitions have highlighted a growing interest in exploring individual space within living rooms. The popular theme has inspired a number of designers to experiment with merging exceptional comfort and space for peace and contemplation – and the resulting chairs and sofas emphasise large proportions and lounge-inspired elements.

Long popular in corporate environments, these features have only recently gained ground in home furnishings. The shift is particularly relevant for one of the home’s cosiest nooks – the armchair, which is seeing a strong trend towards oversized, dominant backrests that embrace the body and foster an informal atmosphere. These keep the world at bay, creating privacy without isolating the occupants from their surroundings, and providing an oasis for quiet moments.

Hans J. Wegner began working on creating personal space within room settings back in the early 1960s. It was then that he created his two iconic armchairs: the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair. Today, infused with Wegner’s trademark sense for seating comfort, freedom of movement, simple minimalist design, and sculptural expression, both chairs continue to represent the archetype of the ideal armchair.

For Wegner, a chair was not just a chair, but a work of art to relieve the body. Both the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair sum up the essence of his design philosophy: combining design and ergonomics with form and function in a balance that creates perfect harmony. His design is timeless, as demonstrated by the fact that his two armchairs, created over 50 years ago, continue to be popular in home furnishings in 2013. It is no accident that Wegner is frequently referred to as the ‘chair-maker of chair-makers’ – both in Denmark and abroad,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

Wing Chair                                                                                                                          The Wing Chair was designed in 1960 and briefly put into production. Carl Hansen & Son rediscovered the design in 2006 and, using Wegner’s original drawings, put it back into production. The Wing Chair is an upholstered armchair with a solid beech frame supported by light, perfectly contrasting aluminium legs. The chair is renowned for its stylistic expression, with its characteristic armrests and the backrest’s horizontal crease, which balances the wing-like protruding corners.

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Oculus Chair
The Oculus Chair was also designed in 1960. Wegner made two prototypes of the chair (one leather and one fabric), but its production only began 50 years later when Carl Hansen & Son discovered one of the prototypes in the Wegner family home. Like the Wing Chair, Oculus has a solid beech frame and thin aluminium legs – a contrast that accentuates its strong character. The chair is spacious, with a broad rounded backrest and pronounced armrests. Wegner drew inspiration for the design from nature, combining organic shapes with simple, soft lines and a strong, eye-catching presence.

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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. 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 170 employees and production in Denmark.
The furniture is sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com

Heritage Chair – The resurrection of Frits Henningsen’s ageless design

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Frits Henningsen’s Heritage Chair is available with fabric or leather upholstery. 

When it came to developing and producing his furniture, Frits Henningsen was known to be a true perfectionist. Nowhere is this more evident than in the design of his 1930 Heritage Chair, which is now being resurrected with Carl Hansen & Son as the manufacturer. The chair’s soft lines and organic shapes are characteristic of Frits Henningsen’s unique appreciation of both form and function.

After traveling for a number of years, Frits Henningsen returned to Denmark filled with impressions from his experiences around Europe. In 1930, he created one of his most iconic furniture designs, a sculptural wing chair, which is now being re-launched as the Heritage Chair. Drawing on classic British style, Frits Henningsen sought to develop a contemporary armchair with a high level of detail and quality.

The Heritage Chair’s warm and elegant lines bear testimony to Frits Henningsen’s constant pursuit of perfection. The re-launch also demonstrates that his furniture pieces are still extremely relevant today – and have a radiance rarely found in modern furniture.HeritageChair-ES-2013-profil With a love for natural materials, Frits Henningsen created a chair that is inviting and evokes tranquillity, fulfilling the eternal human quest for breathing space in a hectic daily life.

The chair – a long overlooked piece of Frits Henningsen’s design heritage – represents a design philosophy that uncompromisingly pays homage to good craftsmanship and creates quality through functional design. “In order to create an authentic piece of furniture in his spirit, it was important that his high demands and standards be fulfilled down to the smallest detail,” explains Frits Henningsen’s daughter, Habba Egefeldt. “I have followed the recreation of my father’s lovely chair with excitement, and am very pleased with the details, which are fully in line with the original chair and my father’s legacy. Both the materials and processes follow the original instructions. My father would have been happy with the result.”

This is not the first time Carl Hansen & Son has been entrusted with producing an original Frits Henningsen furniture piece. In the early 1930s, Frits Henningsen and Carl Hansen developed a close collaborative partnership that resulted in the legendary Windsor Chair, which was in production for 70 years and highly successful.

Knud Erik Hansen, Carl Hansen & Son’s CEO and the third generation at the helm of the company, is very pleased that Carl Hansen & Son has this opportunity to re-launch one of Frits Henningsen’s HeritageChair-A-2treasures. “It’s touching that the furniture magic that the first generation of Carl Hansen & Son helped produce can now be resurrected in this initiative to recreate the Heritage Chair,” says Hansen. Frits Henningsen was known for setting extremely strict demands, and it is a great pleasure for the cabinet makers at Carl Hansen & Son to produce yet another unique chair based on his instructions. We are proud to add this unique piece of Danish design to our range, where it will undoubtedly take its natural place among designs from other Danish furniture masters. With its broad appeal, I am confident it will find an international audience.”

The Heritage Chair comes with an upholstered seat and back made from a variety of fabrics or leather, and oak or walnut legs. The chair has a seat height of 41 cm, and is 102 cm high, 96 cm deep and 76 cm wide. Recommended retail prices start from £2,701. A matching footrest is also available.

Every item 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 165 employees and production in Denmark. The furniture is sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com

International Style Icon Turns 50 – Wegner’s Shell Chair Receives Jubilee Honour

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Hans J. Wegner’s most iconic designs – the Shell Chair – Carl Hansen & Son will launch an exclusive jubilee edition of the chair in very limited numbers, with clear links to the original design. 

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Wegner’s iconic Shell Chair is turning 50 and an exclusive jubilee edition is to be launched.

Hans J. Wegner set himself the goal of creating the ultimate shell chair. However, it took him years of work and development before the shell chair as we know it today first saw the light of day on 20 September 1963. Thirty five more years passed before the chair achieved the popularity and recognition it enjoys today. This simply emphasises how visionary Wegner’s designs were.

Carl Hansen & Son is now celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Shell Chair by launching an exclusive jubilee edition. The chair will be produced in a limited production run comprising 150 numbered models globally.

Just like the first models 50 years ago, the chair will have a seat and back made of oil-treated teak. The frame will be made of oil-treated oak, and the chair will be upholstered using rare and exclusive red Niger goat hide, which has a very dense structure resulting in extremely strong and durable leather quality.

CH07_Jubi-07Niger goat hide comes from a particular kind of African goat, only bred along the banks of the Niger River. Niger goat hide is recognisable by the visible impression of the spine in the structure of leather, making each skin unique. On the red Niger goat hide this line is also darker in colour. This special characteristic is the hallmark of Niger goat hide, and clearly distinguishes it from other types of leather. Niger goat hide is also vegetable tanned and aniline dyed, preserving each skin’s natural structure and characteristics from its life in nature. The preservation of its natural character gives Niger goat hide its distinctive beauty.

CEO Knud Erik Hansen is delighted the Shell Chair has become one of Hans J. Wegner’s most iconic designs and one of Carl Hansen & Son’s most internationally acclaimed pieces. He comments: “Hans J. Wegner was a truly visionary furniture maker. His design legacy deserves to be celebrated with this tribute to the Shell Chair, and we feel that this unique jubilee edition, with its choice of materials, reflects the enduring nature of his design. It was also important to us to have clear links to the original edition of the chair, which was also made of teak. The special combination of teak, red Niger goat hide and limited production makes the jubilee edition an ideal collector’s item.”

Background to the Shell Chair:
The soft organic curves of Hans J. Wegner’s Shell Chair, also known as CH07, show that Wegner had a unique appreciation of the possibilities and challenges offered to a designer by wood. To give the three-legged chair extra stability Wegner designed the double frame, which gives the chair its dynamic appearance and strengthens the backrest. The chair’s geometrical design makes it a visually strong piece of furniture, which is attractive from all angles.

The advent of laminated and moulded wood as a furniture material in the 1930s made it possible to create the shell chairs as we know them today. Some of the early masters in working with moulded wood were Alvar Alto of Finland and American Charles Eames, from whom Wegner drew much of his inspiration.CH07_Jubi-06

When Wegner designed the shell chair he sought to develop a chair which fulfilled his visionary minimalist ideals, while also being the epitome of comfort. However, it was not until 1963 that the shell chair we know today was launched at the annual Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition. With Wegner’s appreciation of the body’s seated posture, he developed a new type of shell chair with no armrests and a very reclined position, matching the international expression of the day. Wegner manifested this as one of the greatest furniture designers of his day, not just in Denmark, but on the global scene.

The Shell Chair jubilee edition is available with a seat and back made of oil-treated teak and a frame made of oil-treated oak. The chair is made of moulded plywood and upholstered with Niger goat hide. The chair has a seat height of 35 cm, and is 74 cm high, 92 cm wide, and 83 cm deep. The Jubilee edition will be available in selected stores around the world from 20 September 2013. The recommended retail price is £2,820.

Every item 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 165 employees. Our furniture is produced in Denmark
– and sold all over the world. Find out more at
www.carlhansen.com.

Designed for Dreaming – Tadao Ando pays tribute to Hans J. Wegner

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Tadao Ando and Carl Hansen & Son announce the launch of the Dream Chair. A sculptural lounge chair that represents the encounter between Danish craftsmanship and Japanese design traditions, the Dream Chair pushes the boundaries of crafting with wood – and is Tadao Ando’s tribute to Hans J. Wegner.

The Dream Chair prototype was presented at the furniture exhibition in Milan last year, attracting much attention.

The Dream Chair is the culmination of a close, multi-year collaboration between Japanese star architect Tadao Ando and Carl Hansen & Son. Together, they have created a lounge chair that embodies Tadao Ando’s desire to encourage people to take more time to dream.

Dream-Arken-2013-ikonA tribute to Hans J. Wegner, the Dream Chair seeks to express the same harmonious, minimalist expression typical of Wegner’s design. Tadao Ando explains: “I have been an admirer of Wegner’s craftsmanship for many years. This collaboration with Carl Hansen & Son made it possible for me to create a piece of furniture from the ground up with the help of a team of skilled professionals. This was new to me, as in the past I have been used to only selecting furniture for the buildings I have created over the years.” Like Wegner, Tadao Ando is interested in exploring materials’ possibilities and pushing the boundaries of what is structurally possible.

“Tadao Ando was given free rein for this project. We did not in any way want to limit this creator’s freedom to produce something great and different. The result speaks for itself. This is the work of a master. Together we have challenged – and possibly reached – the limits of what is possible to achieve with plywood. Tadao Ando has succeeded in producing a unique chair that visually and technically challenges our perception of a lounge chair,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

The Dream Chair’s almost floating expression naturally attracts attention. A sculptural work of art in itself, the chair is particularly well suited for larger rooms where it can be seen and enjoyed from all angles. The Dream Chair is, of course, also a comfortable furniture piece that invites relaxed reflection. Tadao Ando adds: “For the development of the Dream Chair, I followed an approach similar to the one I use in architecture. I often use concrete as the only material in order to create unique rooms. In the same way, I only used one material – plywood – for the Dream Chair to define the chair’s space.”

Tadao Ando believes that a product should be made from a single Dream-Arken-2013-l+ªdmaterial, and should be pure, without any environmental impact. He has also succeeded in satisfying his strict requirements for the Dream Chair’s production.

The chair is made of three-dimensional plywood, which has special characteristics that allow it to be curved along two axles during the molding process. Tadao Ando and the cabinetmakers at Carl Hansen & Son pushed the size and curvature of the plywood sheet in order to achieve the necessary characteristics of a chair, attaining a result beyond what was thought to be possible when working with three-dimensional plywood.

The Dream Chair is available in oak or walnut without upholstery, or with fabric or leather upholstery on the front side and an adjustable neck support. Recommended retail prices start from £2,545. The chair will be in stores from September 2013.

Every item 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 165 employees and production in Denmark.
The furniture is sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com

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