Designed by Hans J. Wegner, 1950
Made by Carl Hansen, Denmark
The re-issue of a Danish symbol.
As a driving force behind 'Danish Modern', Hans J. Wegner helped change the general public's view of furniture in the 1950s and 1960s. His passion for designing chairs, more than 500 of them, is recognised worldwide and reflected in his title 'the Master of the Chair'. He is famous for integrating perfectly executed joints with exquisite shapes and combining them with a constant curiosity for materials and deep respect for wood and its natural characteristics. His designs furnish minimalism with organic and natural softness.
The CH23 was one of the first five chairs Wegner designed specifically for Carl Hansen & Son at the beginning of his career. The chair's organic contours and refined details were a testament to the young Wegner's considerable talents as a designer and craftsman.
Although, in many ways, his designs represented a sharp break with tradition the CH23 had an enthusiastic reception at its launch in 1950 and the chair was an early example of Wegner's unique style and insightful craftsmanship.
At the same time, it was the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between the productive and innovative designer and Carl Hansen & Son.
The CH23, which is one of Wegner's most distinctive dining chairs without armrests, features a number of well-known Wegner details: the shape of the elegant cover caps on the top rail, the special double-woven seat and the curved shape of the rear legs, which ensures optimal stability.
At first glance, the chair looks simple, but on closer inspection the CH23 presents many refined details. Wegner's superbly refined woodwork is, for instance, evident in the cruciform cover caps, which he used to mark the junction between the form-pressed veneer backrest and the chair's frame.
The chair has no armrests, which makes it practical for fitting around the table, even in small rooms. Thanks to its ingenious design and organic form, it is also unsurpassed for comfort.
The CH23 is available in oak or walnut, as well as in a combination (oak frame / walnut backrest):
Oak; soaped, lacquered, oiled, white oiled, black painted. ‘Cross’ cover plate in oak.
Walnut; lacquered or oiled. ‘Cross’ cover plate in walnut.
Oak frame & walnut back rest; lacquered or oiled. ‘Cross’ cover plate available in your choice of either oak or walnut (please specify).
The seat is available in natural or black paper cord.
W: 50.3 / D: 50.3 / H: 78.6 / Seat H: 44.5cm