'Wishbone Chair' by Wegner
Hans Wegner's classic Danish design chair from 1950. Wegner's 'Wishbone Chair' is a stylish wooden chair and truly a child of Danish furniture design. The 'Wishbone Chair' has been in constant production since 1950 and is a popular part of many Danish homes.
On this website you can find all the information about the CH 24 chair. Here are some important facts:
- Materials: Beech, oak, ash, cherry or smoked beech
- Surfaces: Lacquer, soap, oil, white pigment oil, CHS colours or black paint
- Black, white and other colours
- Delivered to your address in Denmark
- Price – 80% cheaper than the so-called authentic chairs
Dimensions of 'Wishbone Chair'?
- Width: 55 cm
- Depth: 51 cm
- Height: 76 cm
- Seat height: 45 cm
Price depends on the version
The price of a 'Wishbone Chair' depends on several factors. Among other things, whether you buy it second-hand or the original from a furniture store. In case of the latter, you are to a great extent going to pay for the patent, and the price is typically around 4-7.000 kr. (£460-800 / $600-1.000), depending on whether it is beech, ash or oak.
The price of a second-hand chair depends entirely on the individual offer, and you yourself, have to keep an eye on the different websites, which chairs are currently up for sale. On e.g. eBay, there are often cheap, second-hand Wegner chairs. The price should obviously reflect the quality of the chair, and remember to check each chair thoroughly before you make a possible purchase.
How long does a 'Wishbone Chair' last?
An original 'Wishbone Chair' are made in a quality so solid, that you practically have a chair for life, even if you use them daily as regular dining chairs. This Wegner chair can last at least 50 years, and if you take good care of it, even longer. That is why design furniture often are a great investment, since the quality is so good.
It is often the seat, which is woven of paper cord, that wears out after about 50 years, and you can then choose to have it replaced.
Comfort: Comfortable dining chair
The 'Wishbone Chair' is a dining chair which is also great for relaxing, because the design of the back and seat makes it very comfortable. If you choose an original or used, it is not going to be one of those chairs where you cannot wait to move to the couch after dinner. Instead, the whole family and / or guests relax and enjoy the conversation around the dining table all night, if that is what one desire. Furthermore, you can comfortably use the chair as an office chair.
How is the chair manufactured and designed?
The English name 'Wishbone Chair' refers to the Y-shaped wood at the back of the chair; more precisely the vertical piece of the back. This vertical piece of wood supports the organic steam-bent top, which follows the curve of the seat. The shape of the CH24 chair is both minimalistic and sculptural.
The seat is made of 120 meter paper cord which is an extremely durable material. At the same time, it slightly adjusts to your body, so it is very comfortable to sit in. The seat is hand woven and can last for up to 50 years. More than 100 operation steps are required to manufacture each chair, with most carried out by hand.
Wegner designed the chair for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it was put into production in 1950.
Colours that suits your home – black or white
It is highly individual how you or others choose to decorate the home. So even if Wegner's 'Wishbone Chair' is an image of Danish furniture design, it is still very important to be able to choose the chair with the finish that suits your decoration style best.
You can choose between several different types of wood and the wood, together with the finish, determines how much of the wood grain is visible. If you choose e.g. oak or ash, the wood grain will be visible through the paint. On the other hand, if you do not wish to see the wood grain, choose painted beech, which minimize the visibility of the wood grain. This can for example be an advantage if you wish to keep your dining room purely black and / or white, whereas wood displays a more natural style.
Beech, oak or ash
Oak and ash is only available in black, so if you wish to buy the chairs in white or other colours, you should choose beech.
Below you will find an overview of the possible combinations of wood types and colours.
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'Wishbone Chair' in new colours
The 'Wishbone Chair' has been slightly further developed over the years. The height has been adjusted by 2 cm to accommodate the increasing average height and still be comfortable to sit in. Also, more versions in new colours have been produced in recent years. A few items in bright colours have become modern in interior decoration again in these years, in order to create some playfulness in the very white and stylish homes.
The 'Wishbone Chair' had 60 years anniversary in 2010 and it was on this occasion it was launched in several new colours. More specifically two series; Ocean Series with blue variants and Citrus Series with lime green colours.
The 'Wishbone Chair' on sales?
Many people often ask if the chair is going to be on sale. Unfortunately, this very rarely happens – probably due to the chairs iconic, timeless design and immense popularity. The Danish furniture stores have neither interest nor incite to have the 'Wishbone Chair' on sale. If you want to purchase Wegner's dining chair at a cheaper price, you therefore have to look at other options such as buying second-hand or a copy.
If you take good care of it, it can last more than 50 years and it is often possible to buy the chair second-hand if you check eBay, Gumtree or similar places. Be aware that the condition of the chairs varies a great deal, and it can sometimes be a bit of a lottery to buy second-hand. But if you can inspect the chairs before buying, you can ensure that they still look nice. However, be careful to inspect the paper cord in the seat, since it can have become worn out over the years without any obvious signs.
Cushions in fabric or leather
The 'Wishbone Chair' is comfortable enough to sit on in itself, but if you wish to increase the comfort and have a softer seat with a cushion anyway, it is certainly a possibility. Cushions also have the practical advantage that they protect the woven paper seat, making it last longer than the normal 50 years.
You can buy cushions in either fabric or leather according to your preference – and your budget. E.g. you can have them custom made at Danskmøbeldesign.dk (around 599kr. / £70 / $90 per cushion), while you easily can find them cheaper if they do not have to be custom made. Prices also depends on whether you choose leather or fabric, as well as the type of leather. So-called basic leather is the cheapest type, but the quality is not nearly as good as the more expensive types.
Hans J. Wegner's most popular chair
Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) designed his masterpiece in 1949. He moved into Carl Hansen's workshop in order to closely follow the production and be a critical part of it. His furniture designs primarily emphasize functionality, so even though the 'Wishbone Chair' has an almost sculptural appearance, it is first and foremost comfortable to sit in. Since dining chairs are some of the most used furniture in the home, this can explain it is one of the most popular dining chair in Danish homes – as well as Wegner's most popular chair.
It was important to him that his chairs matches in style. It fits stylistically well with his other chairs, for example, Papa Bear Chair, which is a popular lounge chair in Denmark. His chairs are not only popular in Denmark. Over half a million 'Wishbone Chairs' has been sold in the United States, and sales are also increasing in Japan.