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Wishbone Chair
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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 recognisable 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 recognisable 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 metres 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 recognisable 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 colours, a testament to the chair’s lasting legacy.

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Special Edition Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair in Purple with Black Seat
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dronten, NL
Wishbone Chair in purple lacquered oak with black papercord seat designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen. Marked and numbered with Carl Hansen label. The Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair, ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord

Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' Chair in Oak & White Oil for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' chair in oak & white oil for Carl Hansen & Son The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood, Oak

Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' Chair in Oak & Black Paint for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' chair in oak & black paint for Carl Hansen & Son The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord, Wood

Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' Chair in Oak & Soap for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' chair in oak & soap for Carl Hansen & Son The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitmen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord, Wood

Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' Chair in Oak and Oil for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' chair in oak and oil for Carl Hansen & Son The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood, Mahogany

Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' Chair in Teak and Oil for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' chair in teak and oil for Carl Hansen & Son The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Papercord, Teak

Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' Chair in Mahogany and Oil for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans J. Wegner ''CH24 Wishbone'' chair in mahogany and oil for Carl Hansen & Son The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm com...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood, Mahogany

Set of 4 Vintage Patinated Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Dining Chairs in Oak
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Culver City, CA
Often replicated, never duplicated, the wishbone chair. Few chairs are as recognisable as Hans Wegner''s wishbone chair. With the back spine of the chair pronged like a wishbone, cle...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Set of Six Oak "Wishbone" Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Montreal, QC
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 H...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Hans J. Wegner Set of 6 Early Stamped Carl Hansen & Sons Wishbone Chairs, 1950s
By Carl Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Odense, DK
An extremely rare collection of 6 model "CH-24" / "Wishbone" chairs from the very early years of the Carl Hansen & Sons production of Hans J. Wegner iconic chair. All chairs are stam...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

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 manufactur...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Beech, Lacquer

Dining Y-Chairs by Hans Wegner CH 24
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Vienna, AT
Hans J Wegner (1914-2007). Bog oak Y-chair, model CH 24, seat woven with paper yarn, manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn. H. 76 cm. Seat height 45 cm. Some markings.
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Pair of Ebonised 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 ebonised 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

20th Century Danish Set of Three Carl Hansen & Søn Y Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
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

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Colour Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
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 Soft Colours by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
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

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

Materials

Papercord, Wood

Hans J. Wegner "Wishbone" Ebonised Arm Chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of CH-24 arm chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn in Denmark in 1950. Often referred to as the ‘Wishbone’ chair or the ‘Y’ chair, this iconic design with Chin...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

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 recognisable by its Y-shap...
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Vintage 1960s Chairs

Materials

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

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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Hans J. Wegner Cushion for Wishbone Chair CH24
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CH24 Wishbone Chair in Oak Oil with Black Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
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Wishbone Chair, Model CH24, by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
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Wishbone chairs, model CH24, of black painted wood and paper cord designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son. The chair is in great vintage condition.
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H 28.75 in. W 21.66 in. D 20.08 in.
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Located in Esbjerg, DK
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather

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  • Hans J. Wegner Cushion for Wishbone Chair CH24
  • Hans J. Wegner Cushion for Wishbone Chair CH24
H 1.19 in. W 17.33 in. D 16.15 in.
Hans J. Wegner Cushion for Wishbone Chair CH24
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner cushions for wishbone chair model CH24. Made in black leather and good quality foam. Only the cushion, not the chair.
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