Carl Hansen & Son has recreated one of Hans J. Wegner’s early designs: the 1950 CH22 lounge chair, which bears the first actual model number from the first joint collection between the innovative designer and the Danish furniture manufacturer.
Hans J. Wegner is undoubtedly one of the most original and influential furniture designers Denmark has ever produced and Carl Hansen & Son’s reintroduction of the CH22 lounge chair – one of Wegner’s early designs – emphasises his talent for designing and constructing wooden furniture. The CH22 was the first model in Wegner’s debut collection for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950 – a series that also included such iconic designs as the CH24 (also known as the Wishbone Chair) and the elegant CH25 lounge chair.
Manufactured to Wegner’s exacting original specifications, the CH22 is a low armchair with a solid wood construction featuring Wegner’s characteristically shaped armrests and paper cord seat in what is called an envelope weave.
The chair’s refined joinery is evident in the finger-joined corners of the seat frame, with the forelegs locking into wooden wedges in a color contrasting that of the frame. The distinctive back shell in form-pressed veneer features oblong cover caps as a striking detail.
Such complex and detailed construction explains why the CH22 lounge chair had long been out of production. Today, while parts of the production process have been modernized, the chair is still manufactured as it was more than six decades ago – that is, with excellent hand craftsmanship, from assembly through the surface treatment and seat weaving.
The CH22 is available in solid oak and walnut as well as a combination of these wood types, with various finishes. The seat is available in natural or black paper cord. The CH22’s dimensions are 36.8 cm (seat height), 72.6 cm (height), 61.5 cm (depth), and 69.5 cm (width).