Carl Hansen & Son / Furniture
FINE DANISH FURNITURE SINCE 1908, CELEBRATING OVER 100 YEARS OF CRAFTMANSHIP
Carl Hansen opened his furniture workshop in Odense, Denmark in 1908 and soon became known for the high quality of his work. The combination of hand craftsmanship and rational series production soon became the firm’s hallmark – and continues to set it apart today. Until the middle of the 1940s Carl Hansen & Son cooperated with Frits Henningsen, a Danish architect and cabinetmaker, on designs of tables and chairs. It was Carl Hansen’s son, Holger Hansen, who in 1949 took a chance on the groundbreaking designs of the young Hans J. Wegner.
FOUR CHAIRS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR CARL HANSEN & SON
Wegner designed four chairs (CH22, CH23, CH24 and CH25) and a sideboard (CH304) for Carl Hansen and Son in 1949. These first pieces for series production at Carl Hansen & Son were anything but easy to make. With their distinctive, sculptural forms, CH24 (The Wishbone Chair) and CH25 (The Paddle Chair), were the most ambitious designs. The Wishbone Chair was particularly challenging. Its back rail was steam bent, its rear legs required turning by a sub-supplier and its construction demanded perfect craftsmanship. Until then, chair seats were woven with reed, but CH24 and CH25 made use of paper cord for the first time. Paper cord was developed for use in grain binders in Sweden during the war as a substitute for jute; it proved to be exceptionally suitable for furniture use.
Sustainable design and craftsmanship:
There is nothing “throw-away” about Carl Hansen & Son’s furniture. The lasting beauty of their designs has been tested by the varying tastes of several generations. Their workmanship has stood the trials of everyday use since 1950. And they are still going strong.
Many of the models have been in production for more than 50 years and rightly deserve to be called contemporary design classics.
Hans J. Wegner’s understanding of and respect for wood were defining characteristics of his work. Born and raised in Denmark, it is natural that typical Danish hardwoods make up the largest part of his furniture.
True to Danish furniture traditions, paper cord seats are used on many chairs. Chairs are upholstered with high quality wool fabrics or leather. Stainless steel is also used on some chair and table models.