Another outstanding creation by Hans J. Wegner that combines style and elegance with a high level of comfort. The CH445 Lounge Chair, commonly known as the Wing Chair, was designed as a fresh, modern version of the comfortable, clumsy, tufted armchairs found in elite gentlemen’s clubs. At least in part due to its complicated manufacturing process, the chair remained just a prototype for 46 years before being rediscovered and mass-produced in 2006.
Hans J. Wegner, nicknamed “The Master of the Chair”, designed the wing chair. It was his great passion for chair design that eventually made Wegner a legendary figure in Danish modernism and a world-famous furniture designer. He created more than 500 chairs, many of which went into mass production. The wing chair prototype was introduced in 1960 and unfortunately shared the fate of many Wegner designs from that period, including the Oculus chair and the elbow chair. The chair remained a prototype for almost half a century before it gained enough attention and became commercially available.
The wing chair was brought back to life by the furniture company Carl Hansen & Son. Thanks to the close cooperation with the studio of Hans J. Wegner, which provided Carl Hansen & Son with the original sketches by Wegner from the archives of the studio, the final version of the chair could go into series production until 2006. Produced under the new brand, it had immediate commercial success, fulfilling Wegner’s core beliefs. that a chair is only ready when someone is actually sitting in it.
To the trained eye, it is obvious that the CH445 shares many features with other Wegner designs from the period. The generous backrest, the sloping armrests and the tubular steel base can also be found in the Ox Chair and Oculus Chair. The shape of the chair is refined and rather unusual, but modern and pure. Its design embodies the famous credo of its creator: “A chair should not have a rear view. It should be beautiful from all angles and angles. “Indeed, the chair, with its famous organic shape, is very appealing and futuristic from every angle. Its shell is made up of multiple beechwood components connected with dowels. The frame is then polished for a smooth, seamless finish.
The sophisticated manufacturing techniques, including wood bending and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling, used in the production show very clearly why the production of the chair was impossible with the technology available in the 1960s. The shell of the CH445 Lounge Chair revolves around the person sitting in it and gives the chair its famous cozy, intimate atmosphere. Its sloping armrests and the generous backrest give the chair its royal, throne-like appearance. The high level of comfort is due to the high-density urethane foam, which is then covered with either supple, high-quality leather or wool upholstery in a variety of colors. Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of the CH445 lounge chair are the pointed corners of its backrest. Hence the name of the chair – “The Wing Chair”. The wing chair rests on an inclined, brushed stainless steel frame made of welded round tubes. The base ensures visual lightness and offers a balanced contrast to the spacious seat. In order to achieve the absolute heights of comfort and relaxation, customers can combine the Wings Chair with the matching CH446 ottoman.
Although the chair looks like a masterpiece of modern art, it is fully functional and very comfortable. The shape allows the user to adopt a variety of positions. Its innovative futuristic design, combined with the immaculate quality of craftsmanship, has given the chair a very special place in the history of interior design. This timeless piece of furniture still looks extravagant and fascinating and is a great, tasteful addition to any modern interior.