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 CH29 chair, also known as “The Sawbuck Chair” due to the shape of the chairs legs resembling that of the simple sawbucks or saw horses traditionally used by carpenters and woodcutters, was originally designed for Carl Hansen & Søn by Wegner in 1952. The CH29 chair became an immediate success due to its simple construction, which provides great comfort while still being visually unique.The CH29 is closely associated with Wegner’s CH28 lounge chair and is also available in a similar mix-version with seat and back in walnut and legs in oak.
21"W X 19.5"D X 32"H, Seat Height: 17.5"
Available in variety of finishes in beech, oak or oak/walnut combination. The seat is available upholstered in fabric or leather.