Carl Hansen & Søn


Other materials

Paper cord

Hans J. Wegner first used paper cord on his designs back in 1949. He chose this material because it is incredibly durable and also as natural as the wood it was to be weaved around.

The paper cord we use comes from sustainable Swedish forests. The paper cord is treated with a light wax coating prior to weaving in order to make it more resistant to discoloration and grease. All paper cord is completely biodegradable or can be incinerated.

We use three different colors: natural, black and white. The natural color is made from pure, unbleached paper, whereas the black is dyed prior to weaving. The white color is bleached natural paper cord. We do not use recycled materials in paper cord, since the color variations from recycled paper are too great.

Soap and oil

For our soap treated wooden furniture we use 100% natural soap based on pure vegetable oils.

For our oil treated wooden furniture we use oils that are based on plant oils. These materials do not emit gases of any kind after they are applied.

All wood treated with soap or oil is completely biodegradable or can be incinerated.



The metal you see most often on Carl Hansen & Son furniture and in all of our Hans J. Wegner collection is brushed stainless steel.

We have chosen to work with brushed stainless steel because:

  • It is incredibly tough towards nicks and scratches - as well as finger prints and smudges
  • It is completely resistant to rust - even after many years
  • It looks beautiful and has a smooth surface.


Brushed aluminum is used on Strand+Hvass Straight tables. Screws and other fittings are made of steel.

Upholstery foam

Carl Hansen & Son only use foam made of polyurethane, which is produced without the use of Freon. Since our furniture is often used in contract projects, strict fire codes must be fulfilled. Consequently, natural upholstery materials such as cotton or kapok are less suited.

All of our polyurethane foam materials are treated with fire-retardant compounds in order to meet Californian bulletin 117 and British standard BS5852 crib 5, together with other industry norms, e.g., EN1021-1 (cigarette test) EN 1021-2 (match test) and BS 7176 (fire test, non-domestic upholstery).

Synthetic materials such as foams can be handled without any special precautions. They emit an insignificant level of gases which gives of only a faint smell that vanishes after a short period of use.

If you wish to dispose of the material, we recommend you to incineration at high temperatures as foams are not biodegradable.

Glue, lacquer and paint

All glues, lacquers and paints adhere to formaldehyde norm E1 which means it emits less than 0.15 mg/ m3 air. These materials do not emit gases once hardened which takes place at our factory, in correctly ventilated facilities.

All wood using our glues, lacquers and paints can be incinerated after use.

Click on the link below to get an overview of the various colors we offer on selected products:


We recommend you to visit your local dealer to experience the various colors on wood.


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