Carl Hansen CH23 Chair

Carl Hansen CH23 Chair

One of the first timeless pieces designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen in 1950, the CH23 chair embodies the core values of modern Scandinavian design. Beautifully crafted with natural materials, this piece is functional, simple and stylish. Read more here


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  1. Double woven seat for optimal comfort
  2. Solid wooden frame with additioanl cross-struts for support
  3. Arched backrest offering comfortable posture

One of the first timeless pieces designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen in 1950, the CH23 chair embodies the core values of modern Scandinavian design. Beautifully crafted with natural materials, this piece is functional, simple and stylish.

With a graceful wooden frame and papercord seat, the chair is lightweight, yet durable and stable. The minimal figure and understated design of the chair make it ideally suited for a variety of modern dining spaces. With an elegant arching backrest, the chair provides a comfortable sitting position and a calming presence. This iconic piece has stood the test of time and looks as relevant today as it did when it was first produced in 1950.

Designed in 1950


Height: 78.6cm x Width: 50.3cm x Depth: 50.3cm (Seat Height: 44.5cm)

Materials & Finishes

Available in oak or walnut
Seat and back available in natural or black paper cord
Form pressed veneered backrest

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Use a dampened, soft, non-abrasive, lint-free colourless cloth to wipe the entire surface of your wood, moving in the direction of the grain.
Dry the wood using a second non-abrasive cloth. Remember to wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
You do not need to polish the wood as part of your regular maintenance, but polishing can restore the wood’s natural shine if it begins to look dull.
Never use wax-based polish or ammonia-based cleaning products on your wood.

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  1. What was Hans Wegner's style?
  2. Recognised for his distinct Danish Modern style, Hans Wegner quickly rose to fame during the Modernist period (1900s-1940s). Scandinavian Design and Mid-Century Modern furniture are both key influences in the Danish Modern design approach. The furniture design influenced by this movement is often modest and minimalistic and made from simple natural materials.
  3. What is the difference between an original CH23 Chair and a replica CH23 Chair?
  4. A replica CH23 Chair will not have the original's signature cross-shaped joints visible on its backrest. Also, poor weaving and cheap synthetic cord are tell-tale signs of a fake. This is never the case on a genuine CH23. An authentic CH23 seat will feature a neat and tightly woven, high-quality paper cord. Lastly, the genuine CH23 features a label displaying the Carl Hansen & Søn logo, the chair’s serial number and Hans Wegner's signature underneath the seat.
  5. Is paper cord comfortable for dining chairs?
  6. The benefits of paper cord on chairs are vast. Natural cord seats are durable (requiring little maintenance). Also, paper cord is easy to clean using a mild clear natural soap solution and a damp cloth. Paper cord also offers superior heat regulation with increased airflow through the space in between the interwoven cords - meaning you can sit more comfortably on a paper cord chair for a longer time. The material ages gracefully too, with a gentle patina over time. Lastly, skilled furniture makers can replace paper cord easily as its never integral to the structure.
  7. How is the Hans Wegner CH23 Chair manufactured?
  8. Carl Hansen and their master carpenters still make the CH23 Chair by hand in Denmark. True to Wegner's original design it features exquisite detailing on the backrest with a cruciform cover cap. Also, its traditional paper cord seat takes a skilled weaver over an hour and a half to complete. Carl Hansen's paper cord seats can last over fifty years!
  9. What makes Carl Hansen's CH23 Chair a good dining chair?
  10. The CH23 design by Hans Wegner features a lightweight minimal design, making it easy to move around. It also has no arms so will always tuck under a dining table. Not only this but its paper cord seat gives subtle suspension and good airflow. This makes sitting for medium periods a breeze.
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