Wishbone Chairs - An Iconic Collection


Born out of a fascinating blend of history and art, the CH24 Wishbone Chair was inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs. So, it is only fitting that this iconic chair become a piece of design history in its own right. In continuous production since 1950, the Wishbone is widely viewed as the perfect dining chair. In fact, it is so popular that Carl Hansen & Søn have released a variety of editions over the years to satisfy public demand for this outstanding design.

Let us walk you through the collection so can you choose your perfect seat.

Things to Consider

CH24 Wishbone chair - Holloways of Ludlow Exclusive Edition

For years we had wanted a darker version of this classic chair. Working with Carl Hansen over a period of 8 months, we developed this simply gorgeous Ebony Oak Wishbone Chair. Dark in colour and rich in character, we believe that this is the nicest Wishbone Chair available on the market today. To celebrate this exciting collaboration between Holloways of Ludlow and Carl Hansen each chair features an engraved badge in steel.

To see one of these beautiful, limited edition, Wishbone Chairs in the flesh please visit one of our stores, or order online today

CH24 Wishbone Chair - **VERY LIMITED EDITION ** 2023 Birthday Edition

This brand new special edition of the iconic Wishbone Chair was inspired by proposals from THE LAB apprentice workshop of Carl Hansen & Søn. It is a homage to 70 years of mastering paper cord and can only be described as a masterpiece. There is no better way to celebrate the 109th birthday of the timeless Hans J. Wegner. Crafted from FSC™-certified oiled oak and double-woven natural paper cord, this chair is a stunning reinterpretation of the 1949 design icon. Each chair features an engraved brass plate with Wegner's signature and date of birth, and comes with a certificate of authenticity, making it a special collector's item.

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CH24 Wishbone Chair - natural paper cord seat edition

The original and the best, this is the very first model Hans Wegner designed for Carl Hansen & Søn.

Designed to ensure ergonomic support, it showcases the innate beauty of natural wood, while the handwoven seat, crafted out of paper cord, not only takes an hour for a skilled craftsman to create, but adds an impressive durability.

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CH24 Wishbone Chair – Isle Crawford Special Edition

The CH24 Wishbone Chair - Ilse Crawford Special Edition is a unique take on the iconic design by Hans J. Wegner.

Carl Hansen & Son celebrated 70 years of collaboration with Hans J. Wegner by getting internationally acclaimed designer, Ilse Crawford, to bring the range into the 21st century with some wonderful new colours.

Who is Isle Crawford?

Ilse Crawford is a renowned designer and creative director who has made significant contributions to the fields of interior design, architecture, and product design. She is the founder of Studioilse, a multidisciplinary design firm that is known for its innovative and human-centric approach to design. Crawford has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including being named one of the top 10 interior designers in the world by Architectural Digest.

Crawford's design philosophy is rooted in the belief that design should be focused on the human experience, and that spaces and products should be designed with empathy and consideration for the people who will be using them. Her work is characterized by a combination of functionality, comfort, and aesthetic appeal, and she is known for her ability to create spaces and products that are both beautiful and meaningful. With her commitment to human-centric design and her innovative approach to creating spaces and products that enhance people's lives, Ilse Crawford is a true visionary in the world of design.

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CH24 Wishbone Chair – soft with coloured frame edition

Available in 5 soft matte colours, this special edition of the Wishbone Chair adds a subtle slick of paint over the solid wood frame for those who want to add an understated dose of colour to their interior. 

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Meet the Designer

Hans J. Wegner was a Danish furniture designer known for his mastery of wood craftsmanship and his modernist approach to design. Born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, Wegner initially trained as a cabinetmaker before studying at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. After graduating, he worked as a furniture designer for various firms before establishing his own studio in 1943. Wegner's designs are characterized by their simplicity, functionality, and organic forms, with an emphasis on the natural beauty of wood.

One of Wegner's most iconic designs is the CH24 Wishbone Chair, which he created for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949. The chair's distinctive Y-shaped backrest and hand-woven paper cord seat have made it an enduring classic, and it is widely regarded as one of the most important designs of the 20th century. Wegner's work has been exhibited in museums around the world, and he has received numerous awards for his contributions to design. Today, Wegner's designs continue to be produced by Carl Hansen & Søn and are sought after by collectors and design enthusiasts alike.