Pioneering Danish modernist Hans J Wegner famously dedicated his life to the design of “just one good chair”. While Wegner thought that designing one was actually impossible, happily for us he kept trying, in the process producing some of the 20th century’s most iconic pieces. Wegner never stopped refining: he described the process of creating the Danish style as “a continuous process of purification, and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements”.
But a great designer needs a great maker, and Wegner’s pursuit of perfection was matched by his collaborator Carl Hansen & Søn. In 1949, they created the CH24, better known as the Wishbone Chair. The chair was one of a series of four, including the CH25 Lounge Chair and the CH22 and CH23 chairs, that quickly came to help define Danish design. In a testament to their timelessness, the Wishbone Chair and Lounge Chair have never been out of production, and the CH22 and CH23 have recently made a return. All four display Wegner’s ethos of pure, simple design and its relationship with comfort, and Carl Hansen’s enduring craftsmanship and respect for material quality and sustainability.