Carl Hansen & Søn


CH20 Elbow chair

design Hans Wegner, 1956

Designed in 1956, the classical timeless CH20 Elbow Chair has been put into production for the first time in 2005. Stackable and comfortable, the chair embodies Wegner’s skill for minimalism and woodworking. The CH20 chair is available in beech and oak. The padded cushion can be covered with fabric or leather.

Dimensions W54 x D47 x H46 cm – seat height 46 cm

Structure solid wood

Seat CHMR cold fireproof foam + leather or fabric

Free samples
(against 95€ deposit)

CH20 Beech
from 810 € 

CH20 Oak
from 895 € 

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examples:

black oak + leather Thor 301

black oak + leather Thor 307

oiled oak + leather Sif 95

oiled oak + leather Thor 301

smoked oiled oak + leather Thor 301

smoked oiled oak + leather Thor 307

soaped oak + leather Thor 301

soaped oak + leather Thor 307

oiled smoked oak + leather Thor 300

oiled oak + leather Thor 300

oiled oak + leather Thor 306

oiled oak + leather Thor 307

oiled oak + leather Thor 325

soaped oak + leather Thor 300

soaped oak + leather Thor 306

soaped oak + leather Thor 325

Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he finished his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with H. F. Stahlberg, in whose workshops Wegner’s first design experiments took form. He moved to Copenhagen as a 20 year-old, and attended the School of Arts and Crafts from 1936 – 1938 before he began working as an architect.

As a young architect, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Århus, working on furniture design for the new Århus city hall in 1940. It was during the same year that Wegner began collaborating with master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, who was a driving force in bringing new furniture design to the Danish public.

The Copenhagen Museum of Art and Industry acquired its first Wegner chair in 1942.

Wegner started his own design office in 1943. It was in 1944 that he designed the first “Chinese chair” in a series of new chairs that were inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs. One of these chairs, the “Wishbone Chair”, designed in 1949 and produced by Carl Hansen & Son in Odense since 1950, became the most successful of all Wegner chairs.

Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive. He has received practically every major recognition given to designers, including the Lunning prize, the grand prix of the Milan Triennale, Sweden’s Prince Eugen medal and the Danish Eckersberg medal. Wegner is an honorary Royal designer for industry of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Almost all of the world’s major design museums – from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich – include his furniture in their collections.

Hans J. Wegner died in Denmark in January, 2007.

A few major characteristics about Hans J. Wegner:
- First a cabinetmaker, then a designer: he integrates exacting joinery techniques and exquisite forms.
- A deep respect for wood and its characteristics – and an abiding curiosity about other natural materials.
- Brings an organic, natural softness to formalistic minimalism.
- Generally regarded as ”the master of the chair”, with more than 400 chair designs to his name.