Hans Wegner

Designer Hans Wegner

​Designer Hans Wegner was one of the driving forces of the mid-century Danish Modern furniture movement, his quest to design the perfect chair spanned more than seven decades.

Born in Southern Denmark in 1914, Hans J Wegner completed an apprenticeship in cabinet making aged just seventeen years old. He then moved to Copenhagen in his early twenties to study at the School of Arts and Crafts, graduating in 1938 and embarked upon his career as an architect. In 1940 he joined the office of Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller providing furniture designs for the interior of their prestigious Aarhus Town Hall project. This building, clad in Norwegian stone, is celebrated to this day as a monument of Danish Modernism and as an example of sensitive local design. 

For Wegner the experience was transformative, he opened his own drawing office in 1943 and his mission to become the 'master of chairs' truly began. In 1949 inspired by the furniture of the Ming Dynasty, he created his China Chair series that included the Wishbone Chair, one of his most successful designs that is known worldwide by its distinctive y-shaped backrest. 

In 1950 he a began a collaboration with what was then a small furniture workshop called Carl Hansen & Son to put his Wishbone Chair into production. This relationship was to last until the designer's death in 2007 and the creative exchange between the designer, Wegner and Carl Hansen's master craftsmen was to result in several classics including lounge chairs like the Wing Chair and Shell Chair.

Wegner is undoubtedly best known for his prolific devotion to designing the perfect chair, he designed over 500 of them in his lifetime. But in reality, his creative output was far more diverse, spanning sideboards, coffee tables and much more that typified the timeless Danish modern aesthetic.

Most importantly his designs retain an organic fluidity that goes beyond their functional appeal. His work is characterised by a respect for human scale and tactility, and these qualities have been appreciated now by several generations, garnering awards, critical acclaim and a place in some of the world's most prestigious museums including MOMA in New York.

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CH008 Coffee Table

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

Designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen, the CH008 is a versatile and elegant round wooden coffee table

£883.33

CH008 Coffee Table
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £1,060

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CH71 Lounge Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH71 Lounge Chair from Carl Hansen is an elegant example of Hans Wegner's mastery of both form and function

£1,925.84

CH71 Lounge Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £2,311

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CH002/CH006 Dining Table

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH002 is a flexible drop leaf table made from sustainable Danish hardwood

£1,808.34

CH002/CH006 Dining Table
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £2,170

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CH327 Dining Table

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

Made from uninterrupted sections of solid wood, the CH327 Dining Table exudes a uniform simplicity

£2,897.50

CH327 Dining Table
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £3,478

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CH825 Credenza

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH825 Credenza exemplifies Hans Wegner's detail-oriented approach to craftsmanship in a versatile storage solution

£5,625.00

CH825 Credenza
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £6,750

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CH53 Stool

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

CH53 is a durable yet lightweight stool that exemplifies Hans Wegner's passion for everyday functionality

£390.00

CH53 Stool
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £468

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CH26 Dining Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH26 chair's insightful use of materials and distinctive design details make it an instantly recognisable Hans Wegner piece

£931.67

CH26 Dining Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £1,118

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CH24 Wishbone Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH24 Wishbone Chair, designed by Hans Wegner, remains one of the most recognisable pieces of the 20th century.

£368.34

CH24 Wishbone Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £442

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CH25 Lounge Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

Hans Wegner's CH25 is a classic lounge chair with a timeless and easy aesthetic 

£2,165.00

CH25 Lounge Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £2,598

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CH07 Shell Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH07 Shell Chair by Hans Wegner is a Danish modern icon with sweeping lines and a distinctive aesthetic

£1,956.67

CH07 Shell Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £2,348

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CH401 Lounge Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

Hans Wegner's CH401 Lounge Chair is defined by its unobtrusive style and functional beauty

£1,815.00

CH401 Lounge Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £2,178

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CH445 Wing Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH445 is a sculptural lounge chair with distinctive lines from renowned Modernist Hans Wegner

£3,230.00

CH445 Wing Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £3,876

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CH22 Lounge Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

Refined joinery and a handwoven seat come together to create Carl Hansen's timeless CH22 Lounge Chair 

£1,882.50

CH22 Lounge Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £2,260

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CH23 Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

One of Carl Hansen's most distinctive armless dining chairs, the CH23 features a number of recognisable Hans Wegner details

£580.00

CH23 Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £696

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CH20 Elbow Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

With fluid lines and insightful craftsmanship, Hans Wegner's Elbow Chair is a Danish modern classic

£655.84

CH20 Elbow Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £787

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CH33 Dining Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

With contours that subtly reference the decade of its conception, the CH33 Dining Chair remains a timeless addition to the living or dining room

£520.84

CH33 Dining Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £625

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CH88 Dining Chair

Designer Hans Wegner
Manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son

The CH88 Chair is harmonious fusion of industrial and organic from acclaimed Danish modernist Hans Wegner

£425.00

CH88 Dining Chair
Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Starting at £510

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