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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 & 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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Set of 4 CH24 Wishbone Dining Chairs by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in TORONTO, CA
Stunning set of vintage oak wishbone dining chairs by Hans Wegner. They are in their original vintage condition with wear on danish cord and wood frame. A beautiful vintage look cons...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

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

Materials

Oak

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Soft Colors by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
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

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

Materials

Papercord, Bentwood

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

20th Century Danish Set of Three Carl Hansen & Søn Y Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A light-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish set of three Wishbone chairs made of hand carved Oakwood, designed by Hans J. Wegner and produced by Carl Hansen & Søn, in good condi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Rope, Oak, Paper

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

Set of 6 Original Oak Wishbone Chairs by Hans Wegner for Carl Hanson & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
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

Early H. J. Wegner Pair Wishbone Chairs CH 24 of Oak by Carl Hansen & Son 1958
By Carl Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Aarhus C, DK
A pair of early Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) wishbone chairs with burn mark. Model no. CH 24 manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark. The wishbone chairs has been in production s...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord

Pair of Ebonized Oak Wishbone Dining Chairs by Hans J. Wegner, ca. 1955
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Beautiful pair of vintage Hans J. Wegner CH24 "Wishbone" chairs in ebonized oak and woven paperboard seats. Very good vintage condition the seats have recently been re-woven with per...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Color Finishes with Black 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

Materials

Beech, Papercord

Set of Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of 4 vintage 'Wishbone' side chairs designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark. Black lacquer frames with new papercord woven seats. Signed with original manufacturer...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech, Lacquer

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 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

Hans J. Wegner "Wishbone" Oak Arm Chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans J. Wegner "Wishbone" oak arm chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn.
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rush, Oak

Hans Wegner Wish Bone Chair
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Hans Wegner Wishbone dining chair in oak. Nice early example signed underside. Classic design perfect for so many spots! All original!
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Cane, Oak

Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chairs in Oak
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage 'Wishbone' side chairs designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark. Oak frames with new papercord woven seats. Signed with original manufacturer's label. Sold i...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Set of 6 Hans J Wegner Wishbone Ch24 Chair Carl Hanson 1960s Editions in Oak
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
A wonderful set of early edition Wishbone Chairs, Model number CH24. Designed by Hans J Wegner and manufactured by Carl Hansen, this set was produced in the 1960s. Made from solid Oa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Danish CH24 Wishbone Chairs by H. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, 1990s, Set of 2
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant
The Wishbone chair was designed in 1949 by the designer Hans J. Wegner. He designed it for the Danish company Carl Hansen & Son. These set of 2 is in very good condition and marked w...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

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