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Carl Hansen & Søn

CH71 lounge chair
CH72 sofa 

design Hans J. Wegner, 1952

oiled oak
+ fabric Forest Nap 512

Designed in 1952, the CH71 lounge chair and the CH72 sofa have not been produced since the late 1970s. Carl Hansen & Søn reissues today these two relatively compact but very comfortable pieces, which illustrate the talent of the famous architect and Danish designer Hans Wegner when it comes to mixing wood and upholstery. 

The pieces of wood that extend the armrests are reminiscent of the iconic Papa Bear chair – practical and functional, they help to get up and protects them from worn.

 You can choose a fabric colour for the frame, and another one for the seat cushion. It is also possible to mix fabrics within the same price category.

Dimensions CH71 L70 x P70 x H84 cm CH72 L130 x P72 x H84 cm
Seat height 41 cm Armrests height 61 cm
Wood oak or walnut
Upholstery fabric of your choice
Warranty 5 years

soaped oak
CH71 : fabrics Divina Melange 120 + Canvas 124
CH72 : fabrics Divina Melange 120 + Divina Melange 170

oiled walnut
fabric Canvas 794

lounge chair CH71
seat cushion not included
from 1899 €

sofa CH71
seat cushion not included
from 2629 €

seat cushion
for lounge chair CH71
from 269 €

seat cushion
for sofa CH71
from 440 €

CH71 & CH72 are available with oak and walnut
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CH71 & CH72 are not available with leather
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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.

Hans J. Wegner’s  contribution to Danish Modern:

- First a cabinetmaker, then a designer: integrates exacting joinery techniques and exquisite form.

- 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