New Hans J. Wegner Chair from Carl Hansen and Son


In honor of the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s birth, Carl Hansen & Son released Wegner’s CH88 chair, a layout prototype unveiled in 1955 at the international H55 Exhibition in Helsingborg. One of Wegner’s handful of patterns combining wood and steel, the CH88 is a versatile chair up to date for today’s wants.


Though largely recognized and applauded for his creations with wood, Hans J. Wegner always explored other resources as evident with the CH88, originally a prototype for a chair featuring components of steel. Carl Hansen & Son is making the CH88 now for the first time.

“The CH88 epitomizes Wegner’s characteristic perform with supplies – a surprising mix of wood and steel. Wegner was an unsurpassed master when it came to exploring the applications and compatibility of diverse resources. It is exactly the fusion of natural wood and industrial steel that produces a versatile chair suited to a assortment of various variations and settings,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.


He continues: “We continually strive to recreate Wegner’s design in accordance with his original drawings, but it goes with no saying that a chair made nearly 60 many years in the past have to be up to date to fulfill modern day needs. The height of the seat, armrests and backrest have all been raised slightly for the simple cause that people are taller now. The shape of the seat has also been modified slightly so that the chair can be stacked. All in all, the CH88 is a chair that superbly illustrates Wegner’s dedication to understanding the likely of components and his search for perfection in minimalist design and style.”

As with all his chairs, Wegner was intent on making the perfect distance between the seat and backrest with the aim of achieving optimal back support. In Wegner’s eyes, comfort was an inherent characteristic of any excellent chair.


The CH88 is versatile both in terms of its physical appearance and usability thanks to its many finish, frame, and room placement options. Characteristically, the upper framework features a steam-bent wooden backrest for back assistance, with slight curvatures of the backrest’s ends supplying a natural resting place for the arms. The steel frame, with straight back legs, supports an oval-shaped wooden seat. This blend of resources, combined with a minimalist style, results in a light, organic, industrial expression. And the new, stackable layout provides a useful advantage making it possible for up to 4 CH88 chairs to be stacked. The CH88’s all round flexibility, coupled with its a lot of variants, makes the chair equally well-suited to several environments – from the residing space to the hotel restaurant or corporate canteen.

Obtainable in beech and oak in a variety of finishes. The frame is offered in stainless steel, black powder coating and chrome, and the seat with optional leather or textile upholstery.

The CH88 will be in outlets from Could 2014. Suggested prices from £258 excl. VAT.

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