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Wishbone Chair

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Although Hans Wegner’s (1914–2007) Wishbone chair stands as a classic exemplar of mid-century Danish design, its aesthetic roots actually begin farther east. In the 1940s, Wegner, then a recent graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and working for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, was inspired by a series of photos of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming Dynasty–era armchairs. The chairs were recognizable for the single, curved shape that made up their back and arms, a simplified style that intrigued the furniture maker.

For Wegner, the first result of the experiments that followed was his aptly named China chair, a solid wood model that Fritz Hansen began manufacturing in 1944. Soon after, Wegner was approached by Holger Hansen, son of Danish manufacturer Carl Hansen (no relation to Fritz), who wanted the designer to produce a similarly shaped piece for his family’s company. Production was slow following World War II, and Hansen wanted a chair with universal appeal that could be produced entirely in the company’s own factory.

This requirement — coupled with Wegner’s ambition to create a chair that weighed even less than the China chair — resulted in the development of the Wishbone and, with it, its most recognizable feature: a woven paper-cord seat, which takes Carl Hansen’s craftsmen over an hour to make.

Despite the intricate process behind it — the chair requires 100 steps to complete — the Wishbone, in its final form, boasts a graceful simplicity. This is largely thanks to its namesake Y-shaped back, a simple support structure that allows for the back and armrest to function as a single piece and dispenses with the need for multiple back slats, lending the chair an effect of weightlessness.

The sturdiness of the paper cord (all 120 meters of it per chair), meanwhile, makes the Wishbone both long-lasting and blessedly comfortable without the need for a cushion, which would diminish the impact of its pure form. Today, the Wishbone — official name, CH24 — is one of the most recognizable seats in the world, and it has been in continuous production by Carl Hansen & Son since its 1950 debut. The company offers it in its original bent oak and natural seat as well as in variations of that model. For Carl Hansen & Son’s 110th anniversary in 2018, the company released a select number of Wishbone chairs in eight limited-edition colors, a testament to the chair’s lasting legacy.

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Pair of Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Named after the wishbone shaped back rest, these chairs attributed to Hans Wegner exemplify mid-century danish modern furniture. The simplicity combined with functionality is an exce...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Papercord, Teak

Carl Hansen CH24 Soft Wishbone Chair in Blue with Natural Cord by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in New York, NY
The very first model Hans J. Wegner designed exclusively for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, the CH24 or wishbone chair, has been in continuous production since its introduction in 1950. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Hans J. Wegner Pair of Early Stamped Carl Hansen & Sons Wishbone Chairs, 1950s
By Carl Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Odense, DK
A rare pair of model "CH-24" / "Wishbone" chairs from the very early years of the Carl Hansen & Sons production of Hans J. Wegner iconic chair. Both chairs are stamped with makers ma...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Papercord, Oak

Mid-Century Modern Oak Wishbone Chairs by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Eight oak, Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner. Wishbone chair (1949), also known as the "Y" chair which has been numbered and produced by the Danish firm Carl Hansen & Son since 1950. Th...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Oak / Seaweed by Hans J. Wegner & Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the anniversary of Hans J Wegner’s classic CH24 Wishbone Chair, designer Ilse Crawford reinterprets the master’s work in a carefully curated palette of five deep an...
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2010s Danish Modern Side Chairs

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Papercord, Oak

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Oak / North Sea by Hans J. Wegner & Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the anniversary of Hans J Wegner’s classic CH24 Wishbone chair, designer Ilse Crawford reinterprets the master’s work in a carefully curated palette of five deep an...
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2010s Danish Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Oak / Pewter by Hans J. Wegner & Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the anniversary of Hans J Wegner’s classic CH24 Wishbone Chair, designer Ilse Crawford reinterprets the master’s work in a carefully curated palette of five deep an...
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2010s Danish Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Oak / Falu by Hans J. Wegner & Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the anniversary of Hans J Wegner’s classic CH24 Wishbone Chair, designer Ilse Crawford reinterprets the master’s work in a carefully curated palette of five deep an...
Category

2010s Danish Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Epperstone, Nottinghamshire
Wonderful set of 6 Wishbone chairs designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen, model CH24. Beautiful condition with warm and naturally aged patina to the sculptural oak frames. Great se...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Oak / Slate by Hans J. Wegner & Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the anniversary of Hans J Wegner’s classic CH24 Wishbone chair, designer Ilse Crawford reinterprets the master’s work in a carefully curated palette of five deep an...
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2010s Danish Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Purple Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen CH24 Wishbone Chair with Black Papercord Seat
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dronten, NL
CH-24 wishbone dining chair in purple lacquered oak with black papercord seat designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen. Marked and numbered with Carl Hansen label.   
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

20th Century Four Wishbone Dining Chairs by Hans J Wegners, circa 1960
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Iconic mid-20th century set of four Wishbone dining chairs, also known as the CH24 Chair or Y Chair is a chair designed by Hans Wegner in 1949 for Carl Hansen & Søn. The chair featur...
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20th Century Danish Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Bentwood

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Soft Colors by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the CH24 Wishbone Chair’s eye-catching form and unparalleled craftsmanship, Carl Hansen & Søn is releasing the icon in limited edition matte finishes, called Soft C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Color Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Papercord

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Color Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Wood Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Wood Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Papercord

Original Set of 4 CH24 Chairs by Designer Hans Wegner Oak Danish Scandinavian
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lyon, FR
Set of four Scandinavian chairs by the famous Danish designer Hans Wegner designed in 1949 for Carl Hansen & Søn. Known as the CH24 chair or Y chair, it is recognizable by its Y-shap...
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Vintage 1960s Chairs

Materials

Oak

Set of 6 Original Oak Wishbone Chairs by Hans Wegner for Carl Hanson & Son
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A beautiful set of these classic dining chairs by the master designer Hans J. Wegner and produced by Carl Hansen & Son, the wooden frames are in very good condition and are have gold...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Set of 4 Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs Painted Yellow
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Wichita, KS
These wishbone chairs are painted in a wonderful yellow with rush seats. In 1944, Danish designer Hans Wegner began a series of chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish me...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rush, Wood

Hans J. Wegner "Wishbone" Oak Arm Chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans J. Wegner "Wishbone" oak arm chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rush, Oak

Set of Four Wegner Wishbone Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern set by Hans Wegner refinished in black. Paper cord seats, sculpted frames, "wishbone" back. These chairs were designed for comfort and style. (Please confirm it...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Hans J. Wegner "Wishbone" Ebonized Arm Chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans J. Wegner "Wishbone" ebonized arm chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

6 Wishbone Hans Wegner Y Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Six Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner. Wishbone Chair (1949), also known as the "Y," which has been produced by the Danish firm Carl Hansen & Son since 1950.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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