FOUR THINGS TO KNOW CARL HANSEN & SØN

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1 Four out of five of the brand’s best-sell­ing de­signs are by Hans J Weg­ner, and all are chairs. The most pop­u­lar is the ‘CH24’ (‘ Wish­bone’) din­ing chair, but the ‘CH445’ (‘ Wing’) arm­chair (right) and Ole Wan­scher’s ‘OW149’ are also on the list. 2 The com­pany has opened a num­ber of showrooms around the world in re­cent years, in­clud­ing stores in Los An­ge­les in 2015, Mi­lan and Lon­don last year, and, this Fe­bru­ary, New York. The lat­ter is de­signed as a loft-style apart­ment rather than a nor­mal show­room. 3 Each ‘ Wish­bone’ chair takes weeks to make and in­volves 100 pro­duc­tion steps. But an ex­pe­ri­enced crafts­man, such as Benny Ham­mer Larsen, who has worked at Carl Hansen for over 20 years, can weave its in­tri­cate seat in just one hour. 4 The com­pany buys tim­ber from sus­tain­ably man­aged forests – mainly in Den­mark, but wal­nut and cher­ry­wood comes from Amer­ica – and uses al­most ev­ery bit, re­cy­cling what re­mains in lo­cal heat­ing plants.

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