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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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Wishbone Chair, Model CH24, in Oak and Paper Cord by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
Wishbone chair, model CH24, in oak and paper cord designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son in the 1960s. The chair are in great vintage condition. Measures: ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Papercord, Oak

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

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Beech, Papercord

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Wood Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
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

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Wood, 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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Beech

Oak Wishbone Armchairs by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Houston, TX
Oak wishbone armchairs by Hans Wegner (CH24) for Carl Hansen & Søn, circa 1980s. Hand carved in oak with paper-cord woven seats.
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Vintage 1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak, Rush

Special Edition CH24 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

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Papercord, Wood

CH24 Birthday Edition in Glossy Navy Blue by Hans J. Wegner + Ilse Crawford
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Ilse Crawford, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
For this year’s CH24 Birthday Edition, award-winning designer Ilse Crawford brings her meticulous eye for detail to Hans J. Wegner’s classic ‘Wishbone Chair.’ Finished with a water-b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Wood Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
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

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Wood, Papercord

Black Edition Wishbone Chair CH24, 1980s
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Antwerp, BE
Designed by Hans J. Wegner one of his masterpieces. The light, attractive dining room chair with its characteristic Y-shaped back is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, We have in ...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Lacquer, Oak

Set of 8 Hans Wegner Carl Hansen CH 24 Wishbone Y Chairs in Black Finish
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful set of 8 CH24 chairs designed by Hans Wegner executed by Carl Hansen. These chars are in original black finish with original paper cord seats. All are in very fine conditio...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Set of 6 Wishbone Chairs by Hans J. Wegner and Carl Hansen and Son, 1960s
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern

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Papercord, Oak

Set of Six Midcentury Wishbone Chairs in Patinated Oak by Hans Wegner, 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of six wishbone chairs in oak and paper cord designed by Hans J Wegner. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Oak

Set of Six Wishbone Chairs in Patinated Oak by Hans Wegner, 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of six wishbone chairs in oak and paper cord designed by Hans J Wegner. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Oak

Wishbone Chair Designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Denver, CO
In 1944, Danish designer Hans Wegner began a series of chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. One of these chairs was the Wishbone chair (...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Beech

Pair of Ebonized Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen CH-24 Wishbone Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dronten, NL
Pair of wishbone dining chairs in black lacquered oak designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen. Marked.  
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Oak, Papercord

Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chairs Anniversary Model
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
The Y-chair or Wishbone chair, model CH 24,was designed in 1950, and has become Wegners best selling chair. The chair has its roots in the orient, and is light and elegant with very ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Cherry

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