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Wishbone Chair

About the Design

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 & Søn 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 & Søn’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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Sedie di Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brescia, IT
Set di 4 sedie modello ‘Wishbone chair’ di Hans J. Wegner con cuscini in pelle CH24. ...
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1960s Hans J. Wegner Ch 24 Oak Wishbone Chair Carl Hansen & Son Denmark
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Forest Grove, PA
The iconic Hans Wegner CH24, wishbone chair made by Carl Hansen & Son, ca. 1960s. Fully Marked. Professionally restored with a new paperboard seat.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Early Hans J. Wegner, model CH24, Wishbone chair, Carl Hansen & Søn, 1960s
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Early example of the iconic Wishbone chair (or the Y-chair as it also is called), designed in 1949 by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn and was put into production from 1950 and f...
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Hans Wegner Mid Century Wishbone Chairs - Set of 4
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Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen Wishbone Dining Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
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A fantastic set of 4 Hans Wegner designed wishbone chairs for Carl Hansen. These have been restored snd newly recorded with traditional danish papercord. These are made of beech wood...
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Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs by Carl Hansen and Son
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Vintage pair of the iconic Hans J. Wegner Wishbone chairs by Carl Hansen & Son. We aren't positive of when these chairs were manufactured but we believe they were produced in the 1...
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Set of Six Oak "Wishbone" Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
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Set of six oak and paper cord "Wishbone" chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son. CH24 'Wishbone' chair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949 and made in Denmark in 1965 by Carl Han...
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The set of 8 Y-chairs, model CH24, iconic design by Hans J. Wegner, 1950
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Hans Wegner CH24 Vintage Oak Wishbone Y Chair for Carl Hansen Set of 4
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Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone chair in oak and papercord circa 1959 Illums Bolighus
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Located in Virginia Beach, VA
The Iconic wishbone chair, model number CH24, designed by Hans Wegner and imported by Illums Bolighus. This example is a time capsule piece, with original oak and paper cord seat al...
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Hans J. Wegner 'CH24 Wishbone' Chair in Oak and Oil for Carl Hansen & Son
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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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Hans J. Wegner 'CH24 Wishbone' Chair in Oak & Soap for Carl Hansen & Son
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Pair of Ebonized Oak Wishbone Dining Chairs by Hans J. Wegner, ca. 1955
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Hans Wegner, Wishbone CH24 Pour Carl Hansen, 1950
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Hans J. Wegner 'CH24 Wishbone' Chair in Oak & Black Paint for Carl Hansen & Son
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