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Rediscovering a classic: CH162 and CH163 by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen &Son

There’s nothing better than rediscovering old objects that you’d forgotten about when having a clear out, so imagine Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son’s delight when they disscovered this  classic sofa design in the Hans J. Wegner archives. They were so pleased with the find, that they decided to put it back into production with new two and three-seat versions named CH162 and CH163.

Beautiful and luxurious, this mid-century masterpiece was originally designed in 1965 by legendary Danish desinger, Hans J. Wegner.

It’s the carefully considered details that make this design truly unique. Tapered legs become wider as they reach the armrest creating an elegant triangular shape, and an enlarged wooden plug placed in the middle of the triangle becomes a characteristic detail of the design. The clean, modern frame is softened by reversible cushions, which work with the frame’s angling to allow for comfortable sitting.

This modern verison of Wegner’s design features cushions with a foam core surrounded by European down and cold foamer. This might seem ordinary enough now, but in 1965 when the original was introduced, feather filled cushions were revolutionary. “The sofa series was originally known as the ‘Down Cushion Sets’, because cushions filled with feathers were an innovation at the time. Wegner chose feather cushions to create a soft and inviting look – a style that broke with the standard practice of using cushions of fixed upholstery.” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

For more inforamtion visit or visit the showroom at 304 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10013 , (212) 242-6736,

About the Manufacturer: Founded in 1908, Danish manufacturers Carl Hansen & Son are a family-run business that originally focused on creating bespoke furniture. Headquartered in Aarup, Denmark, the company employs approximately 100 people. Carl Hansen & Son is one of Denmark’s oldest producers of quality furniture and is the world’s largest producer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner. With a strong grounding in Danish craftsmanship traditions, and insight into the latest production technology, Carl Hansen & Son produces furniture designed to last for generations. Design furniture from Carl Hansen & Son is available throughout the world.


Posted September 19th, 2012 by Ali Morris

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