The Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner

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A couple of days ago, I promised that I'd write a post about Hans Wegner's Wishbone Chair, so this is the follow-through on that promise. There aren't many dining chairs that get it just right, although quite a few get close. And, depending on your design aesthetic, you might see just right completely differently than I do.

For me, though, the Wishbone Chair is just right visually, and it even features the kind of seat I like best. Its thin, graceful back flows into arms that don't intrude - a major bonus in my book. The beautiful woven-paper seat isn't hard and cold but, at the same time, it doesn't have the kind of padding that I dislike.

So here are the facts: the Wishbone Chair was designed by Hans Wegner in 1949 and produced without interruption since 1950. It's a masterpiece of craftsmanship - and an icon of the design style which came to be known as Danish Modern. Also known as the CH24 Chair, it features curved rear legs and a steam-bent, semicircular top rail that dually functions as backrest and arms.

Wishbone Chair at Smart Furniture

The seat is hand woven from nearly 400 feet of paper cord, and can last up to 50 years - which is a really long time for any kind of seat. It takes a ton of skill to weave the seat, and the frame around which the cord is woven is made from ash, beech, oak, or walnut. The most popular model is a natural cord seat (though it also comes in white or black cord), with a black lacquered oak frame.

If you're curious (I know I was) how the Wishbone Chair's paper cord seat is woven, check out this video - it's really neat. Turns out that it takes 3 months to learn how to do it just right, and 45 minutes to finish the seat of a single chair. (Sorry, this video's the highest-quality example I could find.)

If you'd like to see more about Hans Wegner's Wishbone Chair or explore the vast array of color options, head on over to check it out!

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