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Without realising, blue has slowly become a key colour in our home – I find it so soothing and meditative to be around. So when I saw that the newest edition of the CH24 Wishbone chair was to have a navy blue update, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect colour for one of Scandinavia’s best-loved designs.
Originally designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949 for Carl Hansen & Søn, the CH24 Wishbone chair has been in constant production since 1950. A universal favourite, chances are you’ll recognise its iconic shape even if you don’t know it by name. As one out of nearly 500 creations over Wegner’s lifetime, its distinctly recognisable ‘wishbone’ shaped back has become a hallmark example of Danish modernist design. I adore it.
On the 106th anniversary of the Wegner’s birth, as they do every year, Carl Hansen & Søn have released another birthday edition.
For 2020, my design heroine Ilse Crawford and her London-based practice StudioIlse were given the honour of the collaboration. The result is a high gloss navy blue lacquer frame with its traditional woven paper cord seat, drawing on Wegner’s long time fascination with Asian craft and culture.
“The blue refers to the color, which has been so much a part of Chinese culture: from the blue and white china that obsessed the world for so many centuries, to the dark blue of indigo textiles, while the high gloss finish references the traditional Chinese lacquer finish.”Ilse Crawford, StudioIlse
The Wishbone chair stands as a symbol of Wegner’s respect for the purity of wood and its simplistic nature. I love the contrast between the seat, woven from 395 feet of paper cord, and its inky blue frame. It’s such an expressive piece for furniture which has the ability to change its tone throughout the day depending on where in the house it sits.
And at a time where the minimal world of Nordic design is blending with Japanese cultural identity, it represents our need for comfort, craftsmanship and longevity in our homes.
The navy blue CH24 Wishbone chair is available to purchase from 2nd to 30th of April. It and comes with a small engraved brass plate featuring Hans J. Wegner’s signature and date of birth and certification of authenticity.
Photography and styling by Tiffany Grant-Riley.