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CH445 Wing Chair 

Carl Hansen – Hans Wegner, 1960

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Carl Hansen & Søn, Design Danois

Hans Wegner designed the CH445 Wing Chair for Carl Hansen in 1960, but its production was limited for technical reasons. Carl Hansen & Søn re-launched the Wing Chair CH445 in 2006 based on Hans J. Wegner's original 1:1 drawings., with leather and fabrics versions. 

The Wing Chair CH445 is one of Hans J. Wegner's most celebrated works and an interesting example of his skills and design aesthetics. The CH445 Wing Chair is fully upholstered and built upon a solid beech frame that rests on hand-finished stainless steel legs. It is a very sculptural piece of furniture to look at but its true beauty lies beneath the surface.

What you don't see is how the design of the backrest and the seat enables a variety of positions, always providing excellent support for the back, shoulders, neck and head. At the same time, the thin legs give the chair an ideal pitch because the front legs are slightly higher than the back legs.

The CH445 Wing Chair can completed with the CH446 Footrest for ultimate comfort.

Armchair CH445 90 x 90 x H103 cm – Seat height 39 cm – Armrests height 60 cm

Footrest CH446 49 x 62.5 x H37.5 cm

Frame stainless steel & solid beech

Seat & back cold foam, fabric or leather upholstery

Base stainless steel or black powder coated steel

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Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
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.