HANS J. WEGNER BIRTHDAY EDITION 2019 - 1 **EX-DISPLAY** CHAIR AVAILABLE
Wegner’s iconic Wishbone Chair in walnut with a red goat leather seat
In honour of Hans J. Wegner’s 105th birthday on 2 April 2019, Carl Hansen & Søn is presenting a previously unseen variant of the master of chairs’ legendary Wishbone Chair. The unique special edition has a walnut frame with an oiled finish and, exceptionally, an exclusive goat leather seat. This version of the Wishbone Chair has never been manufactured before.
Carl Hansen & Søn has chosen the combination of walnut and goat leather to achieve a highly exclusive expression, as an extraordinary tribute to Hans J. Wegner on the occasion of the anniversary of his birth.
Wishbone Chair with a leather seat
– Hans J. Wegner’s experimental alternative to a paper cord seat
Hans J. Wegner was renowned as a furniture designer who experimented throughout his life with variations on the same theme, and constantly worked to refine and perfect his designs.
He worked with Carl Hansen & Søn in the 1990s to find an alternative to the woven Wishbone Chair seat. A workshop experiment using saddle leather sought to preserve the seat, back and armrest proportions that were so important to Hans J. Wegner and to the ergonomics of the chair. However, it was foreseen that the leather might stretch following use, and the chair frames were not always identical at that time, meaning that a perfect fit around the chair legs could not be guaranteed in every case.
In close collaboration with Hans J. Wegner’s Design Studio, Carl Hansen & Søn has now continued this experiment, with clear references to the original test chair. Therefore this unique variant of the Wishbone Chair is now available to design enthusiasts and collectors around the world – and can be acquired in addition to the world-famous Wishbone Chair with a paper cord woven seat.
It has become possible to revisit the 1990s workshop experiment because Carl Hansen & Søn now uses machines and tools that ensure all Wishbone Chair frames are identical, and the skilled upholsterers at Carl Hansen & Søn have found a method for making the seat that takes the stretch out of the leather. The result is that the seat now fits the chair perfectly, in an aesthetically elegant combination with the iconic wooden frame.
The seat of this special edition chair has a supporting layer of natural canvas attached to the back of the leather, stretched over the seat frame and secured under the rails. Elegant stitching around the four legs of the chair adds a refined finish to the seat.
Exclusive goat leather
The seat of the special edition is upholstered with goat leather, which provides comfort and softness. The exclusive leather has a very dense structure, so that the seat retains its shape and is incredibly durable.
Aniline leather is used without any surface treatment. This is characterized by visible structure on the surface of the leather, making each piece of leather unique. The deep red goat leather is vegetable-tanned, which means that only eco-friendly plant-based tanning agents have been used. The exclusive goat leather has been given a warm dark red hue in a two-step dying process that results in a vibrant and natural appearance and a deeply saturated representation of color. The result is an expression that will elegantly patinate over time.
The special edition Wishbone Chair adds yet another chapter to the story of this iconic chair – which has been in continuous production at Carl Hansen & Søn since 1950 – and bears a brass plate engraved with Hans J. Wegner’s signature and date of birth and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Order the 2019 special edition
This limited edition is only being offered on Hans J. Wegner’s birthday on 2 April 2019, and will, therefore, be manufactured in very limited numbers.