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Classic Status: Wegner’s CH22 Reinstated

Carl Hansen & Søn has re-instated one of Hans J. Wegner’s early designs – the 1950 CH22 lounge chair. They’ve also released the never before seen CH26.

  • CH26 Oak-Walnut mix detail

  • CH22 Oak Black

  • CH26

  • CH22 Oak Walnut

  • CH22 Oak-Walnut mix detail

  • CH22 Oak Walnut

  • CH22 Oak and CH417 tray table

  • CH22 Lounge Chair, CH26 Dining Chair

  • CH22 Oak

  • CH22 Walnut and CH 22 Oak-Walnut mix with CH417 tray table


December 9th, 2016

The 1950 CH22 lounge chair bears the first actual model number from the first joint collection between the innovative designer and Carl Hansen & Søn.

Wegner’s debut collection featured iconic chairs that have achieved classic status the world over. It also inspired Wegner’s previously unknown CH26 chair design, which until today has never been produced. The CH22 was the first model in Wegner’s debut collection created exclusively for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1950 – a series that also included such iconic designs as the CH24, better known as the Wishbone Chair, and the elegant CH25 lounge chair.

The designs clearly illustrate Wegner’s ability, even early on in his career, to simplify a construction until it is distilled down to its essence and is full of character. In designing the CH22, Wegner also created a blueprint for transforming the lounge chair into a dining chair – a design that has never been manufactured and was evidently not even produced as a mockup.

This previously unknown design, with the model number CH26, bears a striking resemblance to the CH22, sharing many of the design elements so characteristic of Wegner: organic shapes, bold backs, light-colored wood and woven seats.

CH22 & CH26 chairs are available at Cult.

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