Crush of the Week: Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner’s 1949 Wishbone Chair is this week’s Crush of the Week. Like a favorite movie, I never get tired of this piece. Wegner designed the CH24 Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it has been in continuous production ever since.  At sixty-seven years old, its clean, graceful lines and simple design attest to its longevity.

The Wishbone Chair is lightweight, has a characteristic Y-shaped back and a seat made of about 400 feet of  hand-woven paper cord treated with wax. In fact, making one chair is a one-hundred step process.  The frame is made out of sustainable hardwood and available in a several different wood species and finishes.

Oak species in soaped finish

Oak species in soaped finish

The Soaped Wood Finish has a close appearance to raw wood and is made by mixing vegetable oil-based soap in water and rubbing it into the wood and wiping it off.

Walnut species in oiled finish

Walnut species in oiled finish

With a darker, rich patina, the Oiled Wood Finish is  a hand-rubbed vegetable-based oil which will heighten the grain and character. Oil finishes will darken over time.

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If color pulls at your heartstrings, there are twenty-six eye-popping painted finishes. A few favorites include Orange Red Lacquer, Spring Green Lacquer, and Black Lacquer. Shown above are some blue options, but here’s a link to all the available hues.

Each chair costs between $600 (for painted) and up to about $1,450 for lacquered walnut. While it’s nothing to sneeze at, for hand-crafted, high-quality iconic furniture, the price is warranted.

Wishbone chair detail, frame shown in Orange Red Lacquer color

Wishbone chair detail, frame shown in Orange Red Lacquer color

Beware of the many knock-offs on the market. One of the most telling signs of a fake is the woven seat material. Cheaper replicas often use synthetic cording, like nylon. The weaving should be tight and at near 90-degree angles balanced on all sides, like shown above.

Detail of authentic chair label

Detail of authentic chair label

Authentic chairs are also labeled. This is the current label, but older models are slightly different.

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