To celebrate Hans J. Wegner’s enduring legacy and more than 70 years of collaboration with Carl Hansen & Søn, Carl Hansen has partnered with acclaimed designer Ilse Crawford to develop a new color palette for a limited-edition release of the first chairs he created for them back in 1950.
The CH22 was the first model in Hans J. Wegner's debut collection created exclusively for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1950. It is a low armchair with a solid wood construction featuring Wegner's characteristically shaped armrests and a paper cord seat in what is known as an envelope weave.
The chair's refined joinery is evident in the finger-joined corners of the seat frame, with the forelegs locking into wooden wedges in a color contrasting that of the frame. The distinctive back shell in form-pressed veneer features oblong cover caps as a striking detail.
The CH22's complex, intricately detailed construction may explain why the lounge chair has long been out of production. Today, while parts of the production process have been modernized, the chair is still manufactured as it was more than six decades ago – that is, with excellent hand craftsmanship, from assembly through the surface treatment and seat weaving.