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.
Wegner’s unparalleled attention to detail is visible throughout the design of the CH162 sofa, as is his ability to transform functionally necessary elements into unique details. The two-seater CH162 sofa is built upon a solid beech wood frame whose vertical and horizontal lines are softened by upholstered cushions made of a foam core surrounded by European down and cold foam. Using down in a sofa construction was a brand new idea at the time and enabled Wegner to infuse exceptional comfort into a fairly geometric shape.
54″ W x 31.5″ D x 30″ H, Seat Height: 16″
Available in a variety of finishes in oak, smoked oak or walnut. It can be upholstered in the customer’s choice of fabric or leather.