Midcentury Danish design master and “chair-maker of chair-makers” Hans Wegner never saw quality and quantity as mutually exclusive. An innovator of organic functionalism, he designed more than 400 chairs in his lifetime, many of which are heralded as design icons. His CH88 Stacking Chair (1955) is but one of them, fusing warm wood and industrial steel in one unified form. It combines a steam-molded wooden back with upturned ends to provide a natural resting place for your arms and an oval wooden seat on a tubular steel frame. Carl Hansen & Søn launched the CH88 Stacking Chair in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wegner’s birth. Stacks up to four high. Made in Denmark.
Oiled oak or lacquered beech seat and back; tubular stainless or powder-coated steel frame.
Hans Wegner stands among designers Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Poul Kjærholm and Verner Panton as a master of 20th-century Danish Modernism. More specifically, he was instrumental in developing a body of work known as organic functionalism. His early training included both carpentry and architecture; he worked for Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen designing furniture for the Århus Town Hall in the early 1940s before establishing his own furniture studio.
Until the 1960s, Wegner typically collaborated with cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen to realize his designs, most notably gracefully tapered and curved solid wood chairs, often composites of wood and woven rattan or leather. He occasionally experimented with laminates, as in the Three-Legged Shell Chair (1963), or steel and ox hide as in the Ox-Chair (1960) for Erik Jørgensen. While he is best known for his chairs, Wegner has also created memorable cabinetry, desks, tables, beds and lighting. Read more >