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Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1957, the CH33 Chair was produced for ten years by Carl Hansen & Søn, before being reintroduced in 2012. Its construction is very characteristic of Wegner's style, with its elegant structure in solid wood and its seat elements in lighter plywood. Every detail is thought through – for example, the thicker legs where they carry the joints, thinner near the floor – and the chair is both perfectly ergonomic, light and very strong.
The CH33 is beautiful from every angle, with its clear distinction between supporting and supported elements, its angled legs, the oval shape of the seat shell and the curved shape of the backrest allowing the body to turn in the chair.
The CH33 chair is available in two versions, CH33T with wooden seat and CH33P with upholstered seat, covered in fabric or leather.
Dimensions L55 x P48 x H74 cm – Seat height H44 cm
Frame solid wood
CH33T – wooden seat
beech, oak or oak / walnut
from 649 €
oiled oak / walnut
white oiled oak
black painted oak
clear lacquered oak
oiled oak / leather Thor 307
oiled oak / leather Thor 306
oiled oak / leather Thor 301
black beech/ fabric Remix 753
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.