Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he finished his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with H. F. Stahlberg, in whose workshops Wegner’s first design experiments took form. He moved to Copenhagen as a 20 year-old, and attended the School of Arts and Crafts from 1936 – 1938 before he began working as an architect. As a young architect, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Århus, working on furniture design for the new Århus city hall in 1940. It was during the same year that Wegner began collaborating with master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, who was a driving force in bringing new furniture design to the Danish public.
Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive. He is often referred to as the master of the chair – having designed more than 500 of them; many of these are considered masterpieces of chair design and continue to be collector’s items around the world.
The CH88 and CH88T are versatile both in terms of its appearance and usability thanks to its numerous finish, frame, and room placement options. Characteristically, the upper structure features a steam-bent wooden backrest for back support, with slight curvatures of the backrest’s ends providing a natural resting place for the arms. The steel frame, with straight back legs, supports an oval-shaped wooden seat. The seat is available upholstered or a timber finish. This blend of materials, combined with a minimalist design, results in a light, organic, industrial expression.
22.5"W X 17.5"D X 30"H, Seat Height: 17.5"
Available in variety of finishes in beech, oak and smoked oak. The frame is available in stainless steel and powder coating in various colors, and the seat with optional leather or textile upholstery.