Hans J. Wegner Wingchair CH445 Armchairfor Carl Hansen & SonBack in 1960, Danish design legend Hans J. Wegner sketched an upholstered easy chair which saw only limited production. Now, Carl Hansen & Son, the Danish furniture maker, has dusted off the drawings to bring this contemporary classic back to life. With its calm, clean lines and exceptional comfort – hallmarks of Wegner’s best work – the Wingchair’s timeless appeal has already won awards at IMM Cologne 2006, where it was launched in January, and at the Copenhagen International Furniture Fair in May
According to Knud Erik Hansen, Managing Director of Carl Hansen & Son, the Danish furniture producer, the new chair is as close as it can be to the original design. “We have worked with Wegner’s original drawings and some of the few pieces that remain from the sixties, when a smaller number of them were produced by hand. And we’re proud to say that we have upheld the original construction and materials – including solid beech frames and hand-sewn piping – just the way that Wegner designed it.”
The look of the Wingchair (CH_445) is unmistakably Hans J. Wegner. Like other of his best chairs, sculptural lines allow it to stand on its own in a variety of settings. Among Wegner’s easy chairs, the Wingchair is notable for the serenity and harmony of its design. Its most characteristic visual features are the chair back’s distinctive corner angle, shoulder groove and the upholstered armrests.
However, the Wingchair is made for sitting, not just for looking, and it greets its guests with exceptionally generous comfort. “You don’t sit on the Wingchair,” says Knud Erik Hansen, “you sit in it. That is when you discover that the groove of the back recesses the upholstery at shoulder level – and at just the right angle. Sitting upright is more than easy. But should you decide to curl up your legs or lay them over the armrest, you discover that the angle of the corners of the back provides just the right head support. Being able to change positions in a chair has always been a foundation of Wegner’s ergonomics; designing a chair that combines form and function so beautifully is Wegner’s genius.”
The Wingchair from Carl Hansen and Son is available in fabric and leather.
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