April 2, 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s birth. As the largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn commemorates the occasion with a unique tribute to the “master chair-maker”: a limited edition series of the Wishbone Chair, his most timeless and iconic piece, engraved with the designer’s signature and birthdate. The engraving is made on the wood’s surface with a laser, reproducing the signature with a high degree of detail, keeping with Wegner’s high standards of craftsmanship.
The Wishbone chair or CH24 was one of the first models Wegner designed for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949. It was constructed for the first time in 1950 and has since been in continuous production. The CH24 was originally the last of a series inspired by the thrones of Chinese Emperors in the Ming Dynasty. This was a groundbreaking move for furniture design, as Wegner was the first to create chairs with the top rail and arms in a single piece.
Deceptively simple in its construction, the Wishbone chair is in reality very complicated: it takes more than 100 manual operations for a skilled craftsman to finish a single chair. With this level of hand craftsmanship, longevity and stability are inherent to the Wishbone Chair.
Watch the video below for a glimpse of this process.
For more than six decades, the Wishbone Chair has been cherished around the globe. It fulfills the functional demands of a solid, robust everyday chair, while maintaining comfort and a modern Danish look. The Wishbone Chair is the epitome of its designer’s values, and a testament to timeless design.
We must take care that everything doesn’t get so dreadfully serious. We must play—but we must play seriously.
– Hans J. Wegner
Own a piece of design history: find your limited edition 100th Anniversary Wishbone chair at MOs Design.