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

CARL HANSEN & SON CELEBRATES WEGNER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

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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

 

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.

The Wishbone Chair – a behind-the-scenes look at a classic

The Wishbone Chair – famous for its distinctive wishbone-shaped back – was designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949 and has remained in continuous production at Carl Hansen & Son ever since. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the Wishbone Chair to gain insight into the creation of this world-famous design icon. 

Hans J. Wegner left nothing to chance when his Wishbone Chair was to enter production. On account of the intense working relationship between the designer and the joiners, Wegner decided to move in with Carl Hansen’s family on the Danish island of Funen so that he could monitor every single process at the factory first-hand during the final, critical weeks. He was adamant that the final result should not be compromised, and made a point of personally supervising all phases of the production process up until the launch in 1950.

100 processes and three weeks later…
The unique aspect of the Wishbone Chair is the simplicity of the Danish Design gem’s appearance. But – as with true love – the smooth surface conceals hard work.

To create the finished product, Carl Hansen & Son’s craftsmen spend around three weeks preparing and assembling the 14 parts that make up the chair and hand-weaving the seat. In fact, over 100 production steps are required to make a single chair, and most of the processes demand manual work. The smell  of the wood, the feeling of the curvature in the lovingly steam-shaped backrest, and the inspection of the final sanding are some of the aspects that dictate whether each individual chair meets Wegner’s stringent demands.

The unique seat is woven by specially trained staff: an experienced weaver spends about an hour producing one. The seat, which requires 120 meters of cord, can only be made by hand as the manual process ensures a finer weave that provides the best possible sitting experience.

“On account of its expressive, graphic appearance, the Wishbone Chair is an icon for everything Danish Design stands for: the finest craftsmanship, a sense for detail and the material, user-orientation, and superior durability. With his Wishbone Chair, Wegner proved that it is possible to create something truly trail-blazing by studying tradition. In fact, this is the only way to design something that extends far beyond its own time,” says Christian Holmsted Olesen, Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Designmuseum Denmark.

Today, the Wishbone Chair is in great demand internationally. It enjoys a privileged life, taking pride of place at some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world including Restaurant Nimb in Denmark and The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. It is also an immutable fixture on the cosmopolitan furniture scene.

In Asia, the Wishbone Chair is so hugely popular that the Japanese market alone accounts for more than a quarter of its annual production. In contrast to the Scandinavian markets, where light wood is the preferred choice, Japanese purchasers are more tempted by the darker shades of walnut or cherry wood.

 Interesting facts about the Wishbone Chair:

  • The Wishbone Chair consists of a total of 14 parts.
  • The production process comprises more than 100 steps.
  •  It takes three weeks to make one Wishbone Chair.
  • In all, there are more than 150 unique combinations of the Wishbone Chair.
  • The seat of the Wishbone Chair is woven from 120 meters of paper cord. This is enough to rappel all the way to the ground from the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London – and still have nine meters of cord to spare. 
  • In the mid-1990s, the height of the Wishbone Chair was increased by 2 cm to reflect the increase in height of the population. 
  • In Japan, where purchasers prefer the models in dark wood, the chair is still sold in its original height.
  • The Danish market purchases the most Wishbone Chairs. The second-largest market is Japan, and the rest of the production is sold in countries all over the world today.
  • The Wishbone Chair was the first Hans J. Wegner design to enter serial production.

  

The Wishbone Chair is available in ash, beech, oak, maple, walnut and cherry, with coloured, oiled, stained soap, or lye-treated finishes. Three versions of the woven seat are available: natural, white and black. The chair has a seat height of 45 cm, and is 76 cm high, 55 cm wide, and 51 cm deep. The recommended retail price starts at £411 excluding VAT.

          

 Note to Editors: 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 exclusively in Denmark
– and sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com.

MAKE YOUR WISH(BONE CHAIR) BECOME A REALITY

If you have always wanted to have the iconic wishbone chairs in your dining room now is your chance.  Carl Hansen and Son are offering 6 wishbone chairs for the price of 5 at their retailers through-out October.

 

 

 

“Master of the Chair”: that is how Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner is known all over the world. The CH24, popularly known as the Wishbone chair, exemplifies this with excellence. Created from pure natural materials, it is a brilliant example of Danish cabinetmaking traditions represented for generations by Carl Hansen & Son. Right now you have particularly good reasons for buying your dream we are offering six chairs for the price of five. And you are free to choose from among a wide range of colours and woods.

      

The Wishbone chair CH 24 was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949.

 

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On Trend and Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Colour for 2012 is said to be Tangerine.  If you like to keep up with trends but at the same time invest in something lasting, this Wishbone Chair is a great idea.The colour is bright and beautiful and the design a real classic.

The Wishbone Chair (CH 24)

The Wishbone Chair is a classically elegant and lightweight sculptural dining chair. The top rail is carefully steam curved to enhance freedom of movement and provide additional comfort. This design is a compact masterpiece of craftsmanship. More than 100 stages in the manufacturing process involve genuine handwork, including the seat, which is hand woven from 120 meters of paper cord and can last for up to 50 years. Hans J. Wegner designed the Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949, and production has continued uninterrupted since 1950. RRP from £391 ex VAT

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 Carl Hansen & Son is a Danish-owned furniture manufacturer established in 1908. The company is headquartered in Aarup, Denmark, and currently has a staff of around 120. Carl Hansen & Son is one of Denmark’s oldest manufacturers of high-end furniture and the world’s largest producer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner. With solid roots in Danish cabinetmaking traditions and an understanding of the latest in production technology, Carl Hansen & Son creates furniture that lasts for generations.
Designer furniture from Carl Hansen & Son is sold all over the world. See more at www.carlhansen.com

Carl Hansen & Son strengthens profile

Furniture manufacturer introduces long-established Copenhagen cabinet maker to the world

Carl Hansen & Son will take over renowned cabinet maker Rud. Rasmussen on 1 December,  creating significant synergy  from bringing together two of Denmark’s longest established furniture businesses while retaining the Rud. Rasmussen brand.

Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son A/S will take over the renowned and long-established cabinet maker Rud. Rasmussen A/S on 1 December. With this acquisition, Carl Hansen & Son can now incorporate the cream of Danish cabinet-making and so reach a larger target group with a wider range of high-quality designs. In addition to Hans J. Wegner’s design classics, Carl Hansen & Son’s international sales organisation will now be able to introduce Danish design icons such as Kaare Klint and Mogens Koch to a broader public.

Our two businesses have clear common ground, building on excellent craftsmanship and timeless design, and we can reap significant synergy effects by combining our international sales organisation and the potential inherent in Rud. Rasmussen’s product range,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. “Mogens Koch and Kaare Klint’s designs dovetail perfectly with our existing range, and it will be very exciting to bring them to a wider public.”  

The two businesses are a good match, both being firmly rooted in the Danish furniture-making tradition, and our combined range is like a history of Danish furniture design,” says Jørgen Rud. Rasmussen, CEO of Rud. Rasmussen since 1979. “I’m delighted to see Rud. Rasmussen’s designs join  Carl Hansen & Son , as it is a business that is in so many ways like ours.”

Classics such as Kaare Klint’s Safari Chair, Faaborg Chair and Addition Sofa and Mogens Koch’s Folding Chair and Composite Bookcase System will continue to be produced alongside Hans J. Wegner’s design classics  like the world-famous Wishbone Chair and Shell Chair.

Carl Hansen & Son’s product range is sold worldwide through subsidiaries in Canada, Japan and China, representatives in the US, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Hong Kong, and a global network of agents. The business currently employs more than 100 people in Denmark and at the international sales offices. New showrooms have recently been opened in New York and Copenhagen.

 The Rud. Rasmussen showroom and the production of Mogens Koch and Kaare Klint’s designs will continue under  the Rud. Rasmussen brand at Nørrebrogade 45 in Copenhagen, where the business has been based for more than 136 years.

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Carl Hansen & Son Appoints Gertsen PR

 

We are pleased to announce that Carl Hansen and Son has appointed Gertsen PR to handle their PR in the UK from April 2011.

Carl Hansen & Son

Carl Hansen opened his first workshop in 1908 in Odense, Denmark and soon became known for the high quality of his furniture.

The cooperation between Carl Hansen & Son and Hans J. Wegner began in 1949. The first models, including the legendary CH_24, “The Wishbone Chair”, were introduced in 1950.

Many of the chairs including the Wishbone and the Wingchair have become and sought- after collector’s items adored by connoisseurs from all over the world.

Today, Carl Hansen & Son continues to cooperate closely with the Hans J. Wegner Studio to introduce or re-introduce outstanding designs from the treasure chest that Wegner left behind. 

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Burges Salmon in Bristol Chooses Carl Hansen

Burges Salmon, the biggest regional law office in UK has chosen Carl Hansen furniture for their client facing areas. 

Furniture  including The Wing chair and Wishbone chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner in black and striped Paul Smith fabric as well as tables to the value £100.000  were supplied by Spacecraft  to make the area comfortable and inviting for clients.

Icons of Denmark who are brand agents for Carl Hansen in the UK can be contacted  on www.iconsofdenmark.dk

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