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CARL HANSEN & SØN DESIGN DETAILS: SPACE & SIMPLICITY – WORKING WITH THE WISHBONE CHAIR

Through collaboration with leading designers and architects, Carl Hansen & Søn furniture is introduced to spaces and projects around the world. In the second instalment of this series, we take a closer look at how Hans J. Wegner's iconic CH24 Wishbone Chair works across an international spectrum of uses and spaces.

CARL HANSEN & SØN DESIGN DETAILS:  SPACE & SIMPLICITY – WORKING WITH THE WISHBONE CHAIR

As well as being known as one of the most famous symbols of Danish furniture design, the CH24 is also a chameleon of it space - and its versatility and simplicity make it a favorite piece of architects and designers. The Wishbone Chair seems to have an innate ability to become part of any space and place and immediately belong, assisted by the universal appeal of its smoothly-crafted form, beautiful wood and the hand-woven paper cord seat. In a sense, the CH24 represents the Carl Hansen & Søn philosophy in physical form: the finest craftsmanship, tactile, natural materials and the potential to become part of each space's unique story.

PODERNUOVO SRL SOCIETÀ AGRICOLA - SIENA, ITALY | ALVISI KIRIMOTO + PARTNERS

"It is easy to answer why we chose the Wishbone Chairs," explain Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto. "The chair has a natural feeling; the design is incredible and the power of craftsmanship it radiates is simply ideal for the space we wanted to create."

For the exceptionally beautiful Podernuovo srl Società Agricola a vineyard run by Paulo and Giovanni Bulgari, the three varieties of high-quality red wine are the centre of attention. The wine-tasting room was designed with simple and stringent furnishings - keeping 100% of the focus on the essence of the site: the wine. However, to properly enjoy and keep one's mind on the subject at hand, it was important that the chairs be comfortable and lightweight in function. The CH24 fit the brief perfectly, its organic, curved form complementing the minimalist, natural material of the wider space and the interplay with the undulating landscape outside.

Photographer: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura

UNION COMPANY HEADQUARTERS - TAINAN CITY, TAIWAN | MAO SHEN CHIANG ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

When used in numbers, Wishbone Chairs have a warm, open sense of community - the curves of the backrest and their sleek frame supporting the idea of a shared space, rather than one set rigid and formal with high-backed or heavy-set chairs. For the Union Company headquarters in Tainan City, this was an important factor in planning the layout and design of the meeting area. The interior design combines the best of both Asian and Scandinavian tradition; many of the rooms are openly connected and the wall and floor materials use concrete and wood throughout. Bathed in natural light, the long meeting table with a distinctive wood grain is framed by Wishbone Chairs in red, white and beech.

The top floor, used to entertain guests or as a private apartment, also has a warm and welcoming atmosphere thanks to the wood lining the walls and floor. Here, Wishbone Chairs in beech and walnut complement the bespoke dining table, set on concrete plinths. Hans J. Wegner's tactile designs were also chosen for the bar counter, where diners sit on CH58 oiled oak bar stools.

Photographer: Lee Kuo Min

HOUSE OF NIMB, TIVOLI - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK | RENÉ JASPER THOMSEN

What could be a more pleasing partnership than the CH24 and the famous Nimb restaurant in Copenhagen's Tivoli? In the basement restaurant, Vinoteket, diners sit at three central tables in oak Wishbone Chairs finished with brown leather cushions. The tactile material combination complements the restaurant's warm and cosy atmosphere - a testament tohygge in hospitality. A warmth of light is provided by candles in glass cases, wall lanterns and wrought iron candlesticks. The floor is covered with hard-fired tiles in red and brown hues, offset by the bookshelves, benches and rugged tables in solid oak. Oak was specifically chosen for the Wishbone Chairs because of its unique patina, which ages beautifully with the years, taking on the stories of those who sit in them.

In the first floor '24-hour room', named by those who work there because it is suited to everything: from breakfast, lunch and dinner to meetings and small receptions, the Wishbone Chairs are sleek and black, with both natural weave and black leather cushions. The dark depth of colour is a considered contrast with the white walls and ceiling, the light pine floor and the white painted mirrors on the wall, as well as the natural light from the room's arched windows, which offer a beautiful view over Tivoli.

CISCO HEADQUARTERS - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA | STUDIO O+A

"We often specify Carl Hansen & Søn products because they imbue the space with a combination of classic, refined looks and easy comfort" reports Denise Cherry, the Principal Interior Designer, Studio O+A. For the Cisco-Meraki building in San Francisco, the headquarters of the American multinational corporation, Studio O+A primarily worked with natural materials such as exposed concrete, wood and plywood, utilised plenty of natural light and added splashes of contemporary colour for the spacious office environment.

There is a deliberate move to the unpretentious: disrupting the traditions of office spaces and furniture. The CH24 was chosen first for its function - lightweight and comfortable, then for its timeless yet understated design, one that works in harmony with the simplicity and order of the interiors. The casual and communal café area uses floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum natural light and punctuates the airy space with bold punches of colour. Light Oak Wishbone Chairs complement matching rectangular tables around the room, yet at the centre, the long wooden table is surrounded by versions of the CH24 in varying shades of green. The natural, earthy woods and nature-inspired greens are finally complemented by a feature Taraxacum chandelier, which when lit resembles the ripe seeds of the dandelion flower.

Photographer: Jesper Sanidad

Discover the first story of the series - Sit Next to Me: Carl Hansen & Søn Design Details: Restaurants


 

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