“EVERY PIECE COMES WITH A STORY – AND A HISTORY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP”
Hans J. Wegner designed the CH24 back in 1949, inspired by antique Chinese “emperor’s chairs”. European chair making traditions and Wegner’s own restless curiosity and sculptural aesthetics no doubt also played an important role.
Wegner designed the chair to be beautiful and functional – not to be easy to make. It was up to Holger Hansen and his team of craftsman to figure out a way to make the chair in serial production – and then try to sell it. The curved top rail had to be steam-bent under pressure, a technique that was still relatively new at the time. The characteristically sinuous front legs had to be turned in a process so demanding that it defied the limits of serial production.
All pieces had to be joined so precisely that even the smallest mistake in one joint would ruin the overall structural integrity of the chair. And then skilled weavers had to figure out how to create a comfortable and long-lasting seat with a material that had never been used in furniture production before: paper cord. And through it all, Wegner demanded that every CH24 – from the very first to the first few dozen (and later, thousands) lived up to his exacting standards: museum quality, no matter whether you make one or one hundred.
Every CH24 is still the result of more than 100 manual operations. And worth every 564 hard-earned pounds.
Skandium had the genius idea of using their window in Marylebone to show the process of making the CH24.
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