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.
One of the first five chairs Hans J. Wegner designed for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1950, the CH23 dining chair is an early example of Wegner’s unique style and insightful craftsmanship. The elegant chair features iconic Wegner details, such as the cruciform caps on the backrest and special double-woven paper cord seat.
20″W x 20″D x 31″ H, Seat Height: 17.5″
Available in solid oak, walnut, or a combination of both, in a variety of finishes and with natural or black paper cord. Optional cushions are available in LOKE leather.