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Carl Hansen Event - Danish Design Month

Carl Hansen Event The world-famous CH24 chair - also known as the Wishbone or the 'Y' chair on account of the vertical back support - was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949. The people at Carl Hansen and Son soon realised how visionary and trailblazing this young designer’s simple designs were. In return, Wegner admired the skill and dedication of the craftsmen at the factory. Wegner designed the chair to be beautiful and functional but not easy to make. The delicate taper of all the legs tested the limits of serial production. The joinery was difficult – even a small mistake would compromise structural integrity – but the 100 seperate manual tasks resulted in a strong, lightweight chair. The modern technology of CNC milling machines has speeded up production nowadays. The most physical manual task however is still the weaving of the confortable papercord seat - it takes more than an hour per chair, using 120 metres of twisted papercord - and the process is spectacular to watch.

Carl Hansen Master Technician As part of our Danish Design Month, we will be holding a special workshop with one of Carl Hansen’s master technicians who will be demonstrating how the seat of the famous Wishbone Chair is woven together.  Guests will also be given the opportunity to have a go at weaving a chair seat and put themselves in with a chance of being presented with a special ‘Centenary Edition’ Wishbone Chair in either Berry Red or Anthracite Grey lacquer.

CH24 Wishbone Chair Workshops will take place on Tuesday 10th March at 1pm, 6pm and 7pm – places are very limited and will be awarded on a lottery basis, one place/person per application. To apply for a place, please email [email protected] stating your preferred time no later than Wednesday 4th March; we will notify successful applicants on Thursday 5th March.