Brilliant details in an elegant sofa design

Carl Hansen & Son is relaunching a 1965 Hans J. Wegner sofa design that combines clean lines and soft shapes in an elegant, stylish silhouette. As a typical feature of Wegner’s designs, the sofa transforms functionally necessary elements into unique details.


Hans J. Wegner designed the CH163 sofa in 1965.

Delving into Hans J. Wegner’s vast archives, Carl Hansen & Son found a sofa design Wegner created  in 1965. The sofa’s design simple design features vertical and horizontal lines that are softened by cushions, which work with the frame’s angling to ensure a comfortable sitting posture. Carl Hansen & Son is re-launching the sofa in a new range that comprises two-seat and three-seat versions titled CH162 and CH163.

The sofa range was originally known as the ‘Down Cushion Sets’, because cushions filled with feathers were an innovation at the time. Wegner chose feather cushions to create a soft and inviting look – a style that broke with the standard practice of using cushions of fixed upholstery. Another example of Wegner’s unconventional approach to furniture design that makes him unique. We are proud to manufacture his furniture and bring his ever-relevant treasure trove of designs out into the light for everyone to see and enjoy,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.


The sofa’s legs have four equal sides that grow wider at the front when they reach the armrest, creating a triangular shape. An enlarged wooden plug in the middle of this triangle not only becomes the sofa’s most characteristic detail, but also hides a screw that makes reupholstering much easier. It is this innovative approach to giving functionally necessary elements unique expression that is particularly characteristic of Wegner.


When the sofa is viewed from the side, one can see that rather than following the sofa’s front edge downward, the upholstery slants inward on its path down towards the side rail, breaking the stringent lines in the simplest way.

The series will be available in oak, walnut and ash with a variety of finishes, and the textile options will include many colours and fabric styles. Recommended retail price from £3,033, excluding VAT. The sofa range will be in shops from September 2012.





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