From the Wegner Archive: Rediscovering the CH20 Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn

In the world of Danish design, the CH20 Elbow Chair holds a special place. Designed by the acclaimed Danish designer Hans J. Wegner in 1956, the chair was hidden away in Wegner's archive after producing...

In the world of Danish design, the CH20 Elbow Chair holds a special place. Designed by the acclaimed Danish designer Hans J. Wegner in 1956, the chair was hidden away in Wegner's archive after producing just a single prototype. However, thanks to a fortunate discovery and the efforts of Carl Hansen & Søn, this iconic chair has finally been brought back to life.

Uncovering a Hidden Gem

The story begins in 2005 when Knud Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Søn, stumbled upon the forgotten plans for the CH20 Elbow Chair during a visit to Wegner's wife, Marianne Wegner, after the designer's passing. At that time, Marianne was convinced to allow Carl Hansen & Søn to bring the design out of obscurity and into production. Since then, the chair has received widespread acclaim and has become a popular choice for design enthusiasts around the world.

The Essence of Wegner's Vision

One of the defining features of the CH20 Elbow Chair is its unique backrest. Wegner's focus on this element is evident in the chair's design. The backrest is made from a single piece of steam-bent wood, providing both comfort and incredible durability. This attention to detail and craftsmanship is a testament to Wegner's expertise as a designer.

From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn

The CH20 Elbow Chair is part of Wegner's "round chairs" series, which showcases his experimentation with rounded, wide chair backs that seamlessly blend into armrests. While the Wishbone Chair may be more widely known, the Elbow Chair is equally successful in its design. The curved shape of the backrest, along with the organic movement of the middle support, not only adds a soft and modern aesthetic but also enhances the comfort for the seated person.

From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn

Aesthetic Appeal from All Angles

The Elbow Chair's allure lies not only in its backrest but also in its overall design. The curved seat creates the illusion of floating atop the legs, which gently splay out at a slight angle. These clean lines and dynamic features make it a versatile piece that can be used in various settings. Whether as a home office chair, a dining room chair, or as additional sculptural seating, the Elbow Chair blends effortlessly into any space, adding a timeless touch with its quality and subtly unique aesthetic.

From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn

Unlocking the Archive

The rediscovery of the CH20 Elbow Chair in Wegner's archive after almost 50 years raises the question of what other hidden gems could still be waiting to be found. As we continue to explore the world of design, let us hope that future generations will have the opportunity to uncover more of Wegner's visionary creations.

From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn From the Wegner Archive: The Elbow Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn

Elbow Chair Specs

  • Seat Height: 46 cm (18.1 inches)
  • Height: 73 cm (28.7 inches)
  • Depth: 47 cm (18.5 inches)
  • Width: 54 cm (21.2 inches)

Material

Solid Wood Molded Veneer

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Backdrop fabric: Kuuskajaskari linen fabric by Marimekko.

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