FOUR THINGS TO KNOW CARL HANSEN & SØN
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.