True Furniture Design By Hans Wegner

By: Jessica Whittaker

Hans J. Wegner was one of the best of all Danish furniture designers. His work combined excellent craftsmanship and commitment to modern living. His work is today internationally popular furniture design. His work is minimalist but preserves function. The best of his work is his many beautiful designed chairs.

Hans J. Wegner created the Wishbone Chair also known as the "Y Chair" or the "CH 24" chair, and was first introduced in 1949, and it is still in production today. Classical portraits of Danish tradesmen and merchants lounging in Ming chairs inspired Wegner to design the Wishbone to reflect that period. The Wishbone chair is the first chair that Hans issued to Carl Hansen & Son manufacturing and thus begun their long and fruitful relationship that lasted almost sixty decades. The chair got its name due to the form of its backrest, and has surprisingly become Carl Hansen & Son's and Wegner's most successful chair by far. The series of chairs were aimed at establishing Denmark as a worldwide forerunner in modern design.

But back in the 50s when it was first released it was not given much attention, the overall feedback was dismal, and only a few had been bought by retailers for their showrooms. But as the years passed, suddenly, consumers began to seek them out and approximately fifteen years later, it had become the number one seller in the Carl Hansen's collection. And over 50% of the yearly production of 17,000 units are kept and sold within Denmark alone, and the other 50% are exported, but Japan takes almost half of that number as well.

The design of the chair is very light and although possessing an armrest it is still a very compact piece of furniture. The semicircular top rail, the curved back legs, the spacious seat, along with the richly done Y-back embellishments, makes the chair visually welcoming and warm. A user of the chair can move freely within the chair, and the backrest renders great support, the armrests are ample enough to provide satisfactory support to your fore arms, and the chair can comfortably be paired up with a table. The Wishbone chair is ultimately very adaptable to any room scenario, and is the apparent choice for dining rooms, and other area that there isn't much space to play with. The Y-chair is a chair that with its unique structure it creates the evidence of spaciousness.

The dimensions of the chair are 70cm high, 74cm wide, 52cm deep, and 44cm seat length. The chair is available in many wood stains, which include soaped beech, black painted or stained, walnut, oiled oak, soaped maple, American cherry, soaped maple, and soaped ash etc. The upholstery choices lie in Woven Papercord of black or natural cord, with an option of seat cushions. There is also a wide rainbow of different colours that it could come in. The Wishbone chair is Carl Hansen's and Wegner flagship product, and since its increase in sales, it has been manufactured in large quantities for the last fifty years, probably making it one of the most mass-produced furniture pieces in history.

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