October 20, 2014

Wishbone™ Chair - Natural/Wood : Carl Hansen & Søn - Wishbone Chair


The Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone in its most natural rendition.  Oak Soap (untreated Oak) with natural papercord seat.  A popular choice for purist Danish design lovers!
The Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone in its most natural rendition.  Oak Soap (untreated Oak) with natural papercord seat.  A popular choice for purist Danish design lovers!
Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair on Sale
Authentic Carl Hansen & Son Edition made in Denmark
Now only $595 + Free Shipping!

Join Stardust Modern Design for a behind-the-scenes look at the Wegner Wishbone Chair workshop in Denmark and gain insight into the creation of this world-famous design icon.  Let's take you on a tour of the Carl Hansen & Søn factory in Aarup Denmark with some really nice behind-the-scenes shots of the workshop where they make the classic Wegner Wishbone Chair! The factory is a little bit out of the way of Copenhagen and you will need an appointment to visit (so make sure to put a reservation request in a few months ahead). Aarup is a small town in central Denmark located on the island of Funen. It takes about a two hour drive from Copenhagen. The beautiful scenery along the way makes the visit even more enjoyable. For travelers, Funen is an idyllic travel destination with romantic old houses, lots of history in the modern city of Odense, and relaxing nature everywhere else. Many beautiful castles are found here as well, like Nyborg Slot (slot means castle in Danish), Egeskov Slot, Broholm Gods, Holckenhavn Slot, and Harridslevgaard Slot. You can combine a visit to Aarup with a stay in Copenhagen where you can visit another must-see modern landmark; Arne Jacobsen's Royal Copenhagen SAS Hotel (the furniture is still in production by Fritz Hansen and available in the US through Stardust Modern Design as well).

CH24 Wishbone Chair on Sale!  Now only $595 instead of $949 & free shipping from Stardust Modern Design.
CH24 Wishbone Chair on Sale!  Now only $595 instead of $949 & free shipping from Stardust Modern Design.

The Aarup workshop of Carl Hansen & Søn still makes the original Hans Wegner furniture (please note that there are some unscrupulous dealers selling cheap Chinese knock offs). Make sure to get the original; if you are not sure, purchase from a reputable dealer like Stardust Modern Design or contact Carl Hansen for authentication purposes. People who are interested in cheap Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone knock-offs because of budget constraints should check out the special sale Stardust Modern Design is having on the original Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair for just $595 including complimentary shipping.  A great price for an original investment-grade modern classic (since it is an authentic Carl Hansen & Søn production; you can always easily flip it, if needed many years from now).  

Wonderful shot from Stardust Modern Design featuring the Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair with an Orange Lacquer and Natural Papercord Seat.  The chandelier is also from Stardust Modern Design; it is Ingo Maurer's Zettel Z 5 Chandelier.  Check Stardust.com for availability.
Wonderful shot from Stardust Modern Design featuring the Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair with an Orange Lacquer and Natural Papercord Seat.  The chandelier is also from Stardust Modern Design; it is Ingo Maurer's Zettel Z 5 Chandelier.  Check Stardust.com for availability. 

The CH24 Wishbone Chair is a pivotal design by Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner. Hans J. Wegner is widely considered to be one of the leading figures in 20th century furniture design - and a driving force in the "Danish Modern" movement that changed the way people looked at furniture in the 1950s and 1960s. Hans J. Wegner gave minimalism an organic and natural softness with an unmistakable Danish modern feel that is truly timeless.

Hans J. Wegner with some of his miniature chair model designs.   In his lifetime Hans J. Wegner designed over 500 different chairs, 100 of which were put into mass production!  Purchase authentic Hans J Wegner design furniture from Stardust Modern Design.
Hans J. Wegner with some of his miniature chair model designs.   In his lifetime Hans J. Wegner designed over 500 different chairs, 100 of which were put into mass production!  Purchase authentic Hans J Wegner design furniture from Stardust Modern Design.


The original drawings of Hans J. Wegner's iconic CH24 Wishbone Chair design remain copyright of Carl Hansen & Søn; the only authorized manufacturer of the Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chair.
The original drawings of Hans J. Wegner's iconic CH24 Wishbone Chair design remain copyright of Carl Hansen & Søn; the only authorized manufacturer of the Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chair.


We at Stardust Modern Design love the classics and have a profound appreciation for Hans Wegner's Wishbone Chair; an enduring icon of mid-20th century Danish furniture design. 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. Stardust Modern Design stocks most of the CH24 Wishbone Chairs in the US which reduces the normally very long lead time. Join Stardust Modern Design for a behind-the-scenes look at the Wishbone Chair to gain insight into the creation of this world-famous design icon.

Tools of the trade: some of the fine craftsmen tools at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: some of the fine craftsmen tools at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).

Tools of the trade: some of the fine craftsmen tools at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: some of the fine craftsmen tools at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).

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.

Tools of the trade: only the finest Oak wood is selected for the CH24 Wishbone Chairs at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: only the finest Oak wood is selected for the CH24 Wishbone Chairs at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).

To create the finished product of the CH24 Wishbone Chair, Carl Hansen & Son 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.


Tools of the trade: some of the fine craftsmen tools at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: some of the fine craftsmen tools at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).


The scent 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 wonderful shot below shows all the parts that are needed to make the Wishbone Chair excluding the additional enormous amount of time and craftsmanship that is needed to make the chair!

Tools of the trade: the parts of the CH24 Wishbone Chair at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: the parts of the CH24 Wishbone Chair at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).


Tools of the trade: the wooden back rests and arm rests in Oak are carefully finished and sanded at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark, before they await assembly and final finishing (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: the wooden back rests and arm rests in Oak are carefully finished and sanded at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark, before they await assembly and final finishing (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).


Tools of the trade: the wooden back rests and arm rests in Oak are carefully finished and sanded at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark, before they await assembly and final finishing (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: the wooden back rests and arm rests in Oak are carefully finished and sanded at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop in Aarup Denmark, before they await assembly and final finishing (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).

Tools of the trade: the Carl Hansen & Søn plant managers take another detailed look at the finishing to ensure the highest standards of quality have been met before the CH24 Wishbone Chair is handed over to expert cord wicker workers and final finishing (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: the Carl Hansen & Søn plant managers take another detailed look at the finishing to ensure the highest standards of quality have been met before the CH24 Wishbone Chair is handed over to expert cord wicker workers and final finishing (image credits: Stardust Modern Design).

Tools of the trade: one of the Danish craftsmen at the Carl Hansen & Søn paint shop starts the detailed wicker cord work on the CH24 Wishbone chair after it was previously finished with a black lacquer. The seat is woven using 394 feet of strong and resilient paper cord. It will take an experienced Carl Hansen & Søn up to 10 hours to finish one CH24 Wishbone chair. credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Tools of the trade: one of the Danish craftsmen at the Carl Hansen & Søn paint shop starts the detailed wicker cord work on the CH24 Wishbone chair after it was previously finished with a black lacquer. The seat is woven using 394 feet of strong and resilient paper cord. It will take an experienced Carl Hansen & Søn up to 10 hours to finish one CH24 Wishbone chair. credits: Stardust Modern Design).

The unique seat of the Wegner Wishbone Chair is woven by specially trained staff: a weaver can spend up to 10 hours producing each one although the master weaver at the workshop with over 30 years of experience can get it done in a little over an hour. 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.

White- and Black Lacquered CH24 Wishbone Chairs await their finishing wicker cord work at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
White- and Black Lacquered CH24 Wishbone Chairs await their finishing wicker cord work at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).

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 through fine furniture design stores all over the world and through Stardust Modern Design in the US.

A natural soap oak CH24 Wishbone Chair with natural papercord seat nears completion at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
A natural soap oak CH24 Wishbone Chair with natural papercord seat nears completion at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).


A natural soap oak CH24 Wishbone Chair with natural papercord seat nears completion at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
A natural soap oak CH24 Wishbone Chair with natural papercord seat nears completion at the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).

Natural soap oak CH24 Wishbone Chairs are completed and await a final round of inspection to ensure they meet the stringent quality standards of Carl Hansen & Søn.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
Natural soap oak CH24 Wishbone Chairs are completed and await a final round of inspection to ensure they meet the stringent quality standards of Carl Hansen & Søn.  Image credits: Stardust Modern Design).
The legendary Danish design icon.

“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 Danmark. Today, the Wishbone Chair is in great demand internationally. It enjoys a privileged life, taking pride of place at some of the finest private residences in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo etc. The CH24 Wishbone Chairs can often be found at 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.

Wishbone Chairs in Walnut with Natural Papercord Seat in the Living Room of this Apartment in Los Angeles.
Wishbone Chairs in Walnut with Natural Papercord Seat in the Living Room of this Apartment in Los Angeles.

Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats (Apartment Design by Charlie Simmons - Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.).  The beautiful glass pendant light fixture is the Artemide Logico Triple Linear Chandelier by Stardust Modern Design.
Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats (Apartment Design by Charlie Simmons - Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.).  The beautiful glass pendant light fixture is the Artemide Logico Triple Linear Chandelier by Stardust Modern Design.
Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats (Architecture by FINNE Architects, Eagle Harbor Cabin on Lake Superior).
Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats (Architecture by FINNE Architects, Eagle Harbor Cabin on Lake Superior).
Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats are used in this transitional kitchen and dining room (Architecture by Union Studio, Architecture and Community Design).
Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats from Stardust photographed by Nat Rea in this beautiful transitional home.
Transitional Modern with Harry Bertoia Wire Chairs, Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair and the Kartell E Lamp available from Stardust.com (Interior Design by Mikel Irastorza).
Transitional Modern with Harry Bertoia Wire Chairs, Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair and the Kartell E Lamp available from Stardust.com (Interior Design by Mikel Irastorza).
Nice modern dining room and living room with Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chairs.  The amazing lamp is the "Cloud Chandelier" by modern design retailer www.nova68.com (interior design by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design).
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 in-crease 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 colored, oiled, stained soap, or lye-treated finishes. Three versions of the woven seat are available: natural, white and black. Every finish and color is available through Stardust Modern Design.

Hans J Wegner Biography:

Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17 he was apprenticed to a carpenter (H. F. Stahlberg) and it was at this time that he developed his first design. At the age of 20 he moved to Copenhagen to study at the institution now known as The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design but which back then went under the more modest title of "The Artisan College."

Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats photographed by Teak Hound in this transitional Danish modern living room.
He studied there from 1936-1938, before taking further studies as an architect. In 1940 Wegner initiated a joint project with Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Aarhus, which involved fitting out Aarhus' town hall. It was also in 1940 that Wegner began to work with Master Carpenter Johannes Hansen, a man who played a significant role in bringing modern design to the Danish public. The then Copenhagen Industrial Art Museum (now Design Museum Denmark) purchased their first Wegner chair in 1942. Hans J. Wegner opened his own design studio in 1943, and in 1944 he designed his first "China Chair" in a series inspired by the Chinese Emperor's thrones.
Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats from Stardust photographed by Nat Rea in this beautiful transitional home.

Black Oak Wishbone Chairs with Natural Papercord Seats from Stardust photographed by Nat Rea in this beautiful transitional home.
One of the chairs in this series is what is probably Wegner's most famous work "The Wishbone Chair," which he designed in 1949, and which Carl Hansen & Søn have manufactured since 1950. Hans J. Wegner is regarded as one of the world's outstanding furniture designers. He was one of the motive forces behind the Danish Modern movement which did much to change people's view of furniture in the 1950s and 60s. His design retain relevance for us today and his sense for details is a source of constant wonder.




Hans J. Wegner has received a number of prizes and recognitions. Amongst other things, he is an honorary member of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and has received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. He was also the first ever recipient of the Lunning Prize and received the 8th International Design Award in Osaka, Japan. His works are exhibited at major international museums including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.

Fit for Royalty!  John F. Kennedy relaxing in an original classic!