Hans Wegner CH22 Lounge Chair for Carl Hansen For Sale
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Hans Wegner CH22 Lounge Chair for Carl Hansen

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Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, armchair model CH22 by Denmark, 1950. This chair is one of Wegner's early masterpieces for Carl Hansen. The chair bears the first number of a highly interesting collection that was realized during the successful cooperation between Wegner and Carl Hansen. The well proportioned easy chair provides an excellent comfort. The paper cord seat is derived from the Wishbone's chair seat. The rustic, robust armrests are supported by organic 'ax handles' that thicken in the spots where they join the chair's other parts. The oval backrest is modest and supports the body in a natural way. This particular piece holds a lovely, deep patina on both the beech and paper cord which is both in a good, stable condition. Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most prolific furniture designers of the world. Wegner's furniture was designed with the greatest understanding of materials, construction techniques, and use. Wegner is known to be an excellent cabinet maker with thorough understanding of the materials he worked with, yet his greatest aim was to create expressive and exciting design. Although Wegner was a functionalist, he was not a rational dogmatist such as Kaare Klint, of whom he was a student. Instead, his designs sparkle with inventiveness and sculptural sense. But this never meant that his organic and sensuous forms left the strict rules of functionalism. At heart, Wegner was an idealist. He was relentless in his quest for the best chair: 'there is never one damn thing that cannot be made better'. But Wegner was aware of the fact that you cannot design the 'perfect' chair, which gave him the freedom to produce as much as possible. He left behind more than 3500 drawings and about 500 of his designs went into production. His designs feature in the UN Building and Seagram Building in New York, UNESCO's headquarters. NATO's headquarters in Paris, and several buildings by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Literature: - Olesen, Christian Holmsted. Wegner. Just one good chair. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014, p. 172-173.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 28.35 in. x W 27.56 in. x D 25.01 in.H 72 cm x W 70 cm x D 63.5 cm
  • Seat Height
    14.57 in. (37 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU933112322721
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About Hans J. Wegner (Designer)

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — Hans Wegner was a prolific designer whose elegant, often ebullient, forms and devotion to the finest methods in joinery made "Danish Modern" a popular byword for stylish, well-made furniture in the mid-20th century.


     Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and a furniture designer second. Like his peers Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl, Wegner believed that striking aesthetics in furniture were based on a foundation of practicality: a chair must be comfortable and sturdy before it is chic.


     In keeping with that tenet, several of Wegner’s best chair designs, seen in dealer listings below, have their roots in traditional seating forms. The “Peacock chair” (designed 1947) is a throne-like adaptation of the Windsor chair; pieces from the “China chair” series (begun in 1944) as well as the 1949 “Wishbone chair,” with its distinctive Y-shaped back splat, are derived from 17th-century Ming seating pieces, as is the upholstered “Ox chair” (1960). Wegner’s comfy “Papa Bear chair” (1951) is an almost surreally re-scaled English wingback chair.


     Wegner’s most representative piece, the “Round chair” (1949), gained a footnote in political history when it was used on the TV stage of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. That chair, along with Wegner’s more bravura designs, for example the 1963 “Shell chair,” with its curved surfboard-shaped seat, bring a quietly sculptural presence to a room. Wegner was a designer who revered his primary material — wood — and it shows. His wood gathers patina and character with age; every Hans Wegner piece testifies to the life it has led.

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