(b. Denmark, 1914-2007)
Wishbone Chair, designed 1949; manufactured by
Carl Hansen & Søn since 1950
Walnut and paper cord
Gift of Tyra Byers, Patricia Gebhard Estate
Light and sculptural, the Wishbone Chair is an unpretentious work composed of fourteen parts, but the straightforward design belies its hundred-step process of construction. The paper cord seat is still woven by hand today, resulting in a durable, yet comfortable support. The back legs are steam-bent into a tapering form to join the semi-circular top rail, whose single-piece holds both the back and the arms of the body. The distinctive shape of the back support is the source of this chair’s whimsical name. Also known as the Y-Chair or CH-24, Wegner found inspiration in Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs. The Wishbone is his most successful design and characteristic of the Danish Modern style.