CH401 Airport Chair
from Carl Hansen & Son
designed by Hans Wegner
Designed by Hans Wegner in 1958 for the Copenhagen Airport in Kastrup, the CH401 Airport Chair (also known as the "Kastrup Chair") embodies the understated, useful, space-saving ethos of modern design. Since its original application, the chair has been a part of both commercial and public interiors - as well as private homes, as the appeal of its simplicity has long arms. The CH401 Chair is available in hundreds of fabric and leather choices.
The Airport Chair's frame is made from solid beech wood. Its sturdy base is steel, as are the boomerang-shaped side accents. To enhance the lounge chair's comfort and attractiveness, the chair is upholstered front, back, top, and bottom.
- 29.5" h | 23.6" w | 26.8" d
- seat height: 17.3"
- Steel legs give the chair a clean look and a strong base
- Solid, long-lasting solid wood frame
- Comfortably provided with leather or fabric upholstery
Materials & MeasurementsMaterials:
Frame: beech wood
Side accents and legs: steel
Seat upholstery: molded flame-retardant cold foam, upholstered in leather or fabric
29.5" h | 23.6" w | 26.8" d | seat height: 17.3"
Environmental InformationCarl Hansen & Son views sustainability through the lens of good design:
- Furniture that is made to last, and that is timelessly designed, is sustainable
One look at the classic furniture created by Hans Wegner and you know that none of these pieces will ever be unwanted, and they'll last a long, long time
- Sustainable sourced materials should be used as much as possible
Wood is FSC-certified, and comes from Danish and American forests
- Treating employees well and taking care with production processes is sustainable
Massages for everyone! Carl Hansen & Son employees get free, regular massages to keep them uninjured and happy
Modern, energy-efficient equipment is used in combination with energy-conservation practices
Scrap wood is burned to create energy
Shipping cartons are made with as little material as possible
Airfreight is reduced to a minimum
About the ManufacturerThe family-owned Carl Hansen & Son has been producing hand-made pieces since 1908. However, it was not until the late 1940s that the Danish furniture house, under the direction of Holger Hansen (the "Son"), joined forces with Hans Wegner and began a partnership that would help further not just the company but the entire Danish Modern design style. Wegner's unique, modern designs initially tested the company's production team as it had previously dedicated itself to more traditionally home-style pieces. Under Holger Hansen's guidance the partnership flourished; in the 1950s and 1960s the Carl Hansen Company and Hans Wegner both received international acclaim for their boundary-pushing work. One of the first pieces to emerge from this partnership was the Wishbone Chair, one of four chairs that Wegner designed specially for Carl Hansen in 1949. While the company faced difficulties during the second half of the 20th century, including Holger Hansen's sudden death in 1962, Carl Hansen & Son persevered and began the 21st century with a renewed focus, set on bringing Danish Modern furniture back to the center of the design world. Since 2001, when grandson Knud Erik Hansen assumed control of the company, Carl Hansen & Son has expanded in Denmark, continued to produce top-quality, hand-crafted furniture, gone on producing successful Wegner designs, and introduced new, previously unseen pieces from the legendary Danish designer.
One of the prime influences in Danish Modern design during its formative years, Hans Wegner first began to design furniture after attending the Carpenters' Guild Furniture Exhibits in Copenhagen, Denmark. Shortly after completing his studies at what is now The Danish Design School, he was tasked by Arne Jacobsen with designing all the furniture of his Arhus City Hall. After working with Jacobsen for a short time, he began designing furniture for the Carl Hansen & Son furniture company in 1949. From that partnership came classics such as the Wishbone Chair, Elbow Chair, Shell Chair, and Wing Chair. Still as fresh now as they were then, these enduring pieces of modern furniture bear testimony to Wegner's craftsmanship and inspiration.