CH111 Chair

CH111 Chair
Carl Hansen & Søn

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Stainless steel design in perfect balance

The CH111 chair designed by Hans J. Wegner is part of a series of significant furniture with a frame in flat stainless steel and seats and backs upholstered in leather. The chair’s subtle strength and clean and simple lines are the essence of masterful design. One of the striking features of the CH111 chair's shape is the rear leg which has been twisted through 90 degrees to fit into and thereby provide optimal support to the upholstered backrest. An easier solution would have been to simply weld the armrest onto the extended rear leg, but Wegner never compromised on quality or aesthetics. The CH111 chair was designed alongside the elegant CH110 desk. The series represents some of Wegner's finest steel-framed furniture.

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Son of a shoe-maker in southern Jutland, Hans Wegner, finished his formal training as a cabinetmaker with master cabinetmaker Stahlberg in 1930 before starting at Teknologisk Institut in Copenhagen. He soon moved to the School of Arts and Crafts in the Danish capital where he became architect in 1938, and started teaching in 1946.

In 1940 he joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Arhus, to design the furniture for the new Arhus city hall. He started to work with 'minister' cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen in 1940 and showed his first furniture in the famous Hansen store on Bredgade 65 in 1941. Johannes Hansen was more than twice as old as the 26 year old Wegner but the unique collaboration between the two became the undisputed backbone of Danish furniture design and the main reason for it's world wide recognition in the fifties and sixties. The Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry acquired the first Wegner chair in 1942.

In 1943 he started his own design office and 1 year later designed the first of a long series of 'chinese' chairs inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs for Fritz Hansen. In 1950 Wegner designed the “Wishbone Chair” produced by Carl Hansen & Søn in Odense which became the most successful of all Wegner chairs. Most well known for it’s use by Kennedy and Nixon in their famous CBS TV debate of 1960.

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