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Wishbone Chair

About the Design

Although Hans Wegner’s (1914–2007) Wishbone chair stands as a classic exemplar of mid-century Danish design, its aesthetic roots actually begin farther east. In the 1940s, Wegner, then a recent graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and working for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, was inspired by a series of photos of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming Dynasty–era armchairs. The chairs were recognizable for the single, curved shape that made up their back and arms, a simplified style that intrigued the furniture maker.


For Wegner, the first result of the experiments that followed was his aptly named China chair, a solid wood model that Fritz Hansen began manufacturing in 1944. Soon after, Wegner was approached by Holger Hansen, son of Danish manufacturer Carl Hansen (no relation to Fritz), who wanted the designer to produce a similarly shaped piece for his family’s company. Production was slow following World War II, and Hansen wanted a chair with universal appeal that could be produced entirely in the company’s own factory.


This requirement — coupled with Wegner’s ambition to create a chair that weighed even less than the China chair — resulted in the development of the Wishbone and, with it, its most recognizable feature: a woven paper-cord seat, which takes Carl Hansen’s craftsmen over an hour to make.


Despite the intricate process behind it — the chair requires 100 steps to complete — the Wishbone, in its final form, boasts a graceful simplicity. This is largely thanks to its namesake Y-shaped back, a simple support structure that allows for the back and armrest to function as a single piece and dispenses with the need for multiple back slats, lending the chair an effect of weightlessness.


The sturdiness of the paper cord (all 120 meters of it per chair), meanwhile, makes the Wishbone both long-lasting and blessedly comfortable without the need for a cushion, which would diminish the impact of its pure form. Today, the Wishbone — official name, CH24 — is one of the most recognizable seats in the world, and it has been in continuous production by Carl Hansen & Son since its 1950 debut. The company offers it in its original bent oak and natural seat as well as in variations of that model. For Carl Hansen & Son’s 110th anniversary in 2018, the company released a select number of Wishbone chairs in eight limited-edition colors, a testament to the chair’s lasting legacy.


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Hans J. Wegner Set of 8 Early Stamped Carl Hansen & Sons Wishbone Chairs, 1950s
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen
Located in Odense, DK
An extremely rare collection of 8 model "CH-24" / "Wishbone" chairs from the very early years of the Carl Hansen & Sons production of Hans J. Wegner iconic chair. All chairs are stam...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Hans Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair by Carl Hansen and Son, 1950
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Super iconic wishbone chair designed by Hans Wegner and produced by Carl Hansen and Son. The chair was designed in 1949 and produced a year later and carries the model name CH24. The...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech

Special Edition CH24 Chair in Soft Colors by Hans J. Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the CH24 Wishbone Chair’s eye-catching form and unparalleled craftsmanship, Carl Hansen & Søn is releasing the icon in limited edition matte finishes, called Soft C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Wood

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Wood Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Papercord

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Wood Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Papercord

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Color Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Papercord

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Color Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech

Hans J. Wegner Dinning Room Set- 8 Of Wishbone CH24 Chairs & Dining Table AT-312
By Hans J. Wegner, Andreas Tuck Møbelfabrik
Located in The Hague, NL
Scandinavian Modern period dinning room set (dinning table and 8 dinning chairs) designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1950s period, Denmark. Extendable dinning room table Model no. AT-31...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Sets

Materials

Oak, Papercord

CH24 Birthday Edition in Glossy Navy Blue by Hans J. Wegner + Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
For this year’s CH24 Birthday Edition, award-winning designer Ilse Crawford brings her meticulous eye for detail to Hans J. Wegner’s classic ‘Wishbone Chair.’ Finished with a water-b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Oak Wishbone Armchairs by Hans Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Houston, TX
Oak wishbone armchairs by Hans Wegner (CH24) for Carl Hansen & Søn, circa 1980s. Hand carved in oak with paper-cord woven seats.
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Vintage 1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rush, Oak

Pair of Early CH24 Wishbone Dining Chairs by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen Denmark
By Carl Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Halle, DE
Pair of early wishbone chairs, Model CH-24 by Hans Wegner, designed in 1950. Also known as the Y-Chair. Manufactured by Carl Hansen, Denmark from 1950 onwards. Darkend oakframe with ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

Set of 4 Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs Painted Yellow
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Wichita, KS
These wishbone chairs are painted in a wonderful yellow with rush seats. In 1944, Danish designer Hans Wegner began a series of chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish me...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rush, Wood

Set of Eight Vintage Oak and Papercord CH24 or Wishbone Chairs by Hans J Wegner
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
These are a great original set of one of the most desirable dining chairs by Hans Wegner, they are in very nice original condition with a soaped Oak color and no damage. Designed by ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Hans Wegner, Set of Six "Wishbone" Chairs, 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Set of six iconic "Wishbone", CH24 chairs by Hans Wegner from 1960s. Frames have been professionally restored and seats have been newly woven. You get the original chair, restored ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord

Wishbone Chair Designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Denver, CO
In 1944, Danish designer Hans Wegner began a series of chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. One of these chairs was the Wishbone chair (...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cane, Beech

Set of Four Wegner Wishbone Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern set by Hans Wegner refinished in black. Paper cord seats, sculpted frames, "wishbone" back. These chairs were designed for comfort and style. (Please confirm it...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

6 Wishbone Hans Wegner Y Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Six Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner. Wishbone Chair (1949), also known as the "Y," which has been produced by the Danish firm Carl Hansen & Son since 1950.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs