Wishbone Chair

Designer Hans J. Wegner Danish
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn, Gelsted, Denmark

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The Wishbone Chair continues to be Hans Wegner’s greatest commercial success among the many excellent chairs he designed over his career. In 1944, Wegner began designing a series of chairs based on portraits of Danish merchants seated in Ming Dynasty chairs. The Wishbone was the last of the series, designed in 1949. In 1950, Wegner started his partnership with manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn to produce this chair, which has been in continuous production to the same design standards ever since. The chair is an icon of the high quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and construction, generous proportions, comfort, and texturally pleasing materials that contribute to the perception of Scandinavian design as particularly human-centered, modest, and well made.

Wishbone Chair, Hans J. Wegner (Danish, Tønder 1914–2007 Copenhagen), Beech wood and paper cord

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