The CH23 chair was one of the first chairs Hans J. Wegner designed for the Danish company Carl Hansen & Søn in 1950. Although the chair may appear simple at first glance, it incorporates a number of sophisticated and carefully considered elements: the hand-woven paper cord seat makes the chair elegant and ergonomic, and the slightly curved bag legs are designed for optimum stability. The chair offers great seating comfort and support for the back, making it well suited, for instance, for the dining room.

Carl Hansen & Søn relaunched the CH23 chair in 2017. The pure expression and insightful design make this solid wood chair a true classic, which does not seem to have aged at all during the decades.

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CH23 chair, soaped oak - natural cord



In stock on 5 Nov, 2021Verified


Soaped oak, natural
50,5 cm
50,5 cm
78,5 cm
Seat height
44,5 cm
Frame material
Soaped oak
Seat material
Paper cord
Please note that soap treated oak will develop a patina over time.
Care instructions
To minimize the risk of stains and marks, liquid, grease etc. should be removed from the wooden surfaces straight away. For more information on care instructions for soap treated oak, please contact our Customer Service.

Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner (1914–2007) is a world-famous Danish designer known especially for his numerous chair designs. Wegner had a special ability to combine functionality and aesthetics; many of his designs are characterized by playful or poetic features.

Born in Tønder, southern Denmark, Wegner developed a fascination for wood as a material already as a child: he enjoyed wood carving and often spent time in museums, looking for inspiration for his sculptures, and he even took up an apprenticeship with master cabinetmaker H. F. Stahlberg at a young age. Although Wegner began his career as a carpenter in the 1930s, in 1936 he decided to study design – a decision the modern design world is very happy for. Wood remained Wegner's favourite material throughout his prolific career, and most of his chairs are made of wood with the natural material often playing the main role in the design.

Wegner considered ergonomics to be one of the most essential aspects of designing a chair – after all, it was a piece of furniture with which the human body could be in contact for long periods of time. During his career spanning several decades, Wegner designed up to 500 different chair models, many of which have become coveted design classics not only due to their beautiful design but also their superb functionality. Perhaps the most famous of his design is the Wishbone chair, which has been in continuous production since 1950.

Wegner is known as one of the pioneers of Danish modernism and one of the key figures of the Golden Age of Nordic design. During his career, he received a multitude of design awards, including the Lunning Prize as well as the Grand Prix in the Milan Triennale in 1951, the Prince Eugen Medal in 1961 and the C. F. Hansen Medal in 1980.

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