De­sign decoded A look at the crafts­man­ship be­hind the ‘CH825’ by Hans J Weg­ner for Carl Hansen & Søn

The pin­na­cle of thoughtful crafts­man­ship, this mid-cen­tury stor­age piece by the su­per­star of Dan­ish de­sign is also a mod­ern hit

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Pro­lific Dan­ish de­signer Hans J Weg­ner (1940–2007) is renowned for cre­at­ing some of the mid-cen­tury’s most recog­nis­able chairs, in­clud­ing the legendary ‘ Wish­bone’, but his ‘CH825’ cre­denza, cre­ated for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1958, is just as wor­thy of note. This clas­sic stor­age unit, one of three Weg­ner cre­ated, was re­launched in 2014 to mark what would have been his 100th birth­day. Orig­i­nally made in pal­isander and teak, it’s now avail­able in wal­nut and oak.

De­signed from Weg­ner’s orig­i­nal sketches, each ‘CH825’ is made in Gel­sted on the is­land of Funen, at the Carl Hansen & Søn head­quar­ters, tak­ing a skilled cabinetmaker around 25 hours to con­struct us­ing hand­picked slices of tim­ber from the same tree. The trick­i­ness lies in how the ve­neer is cut, joined and then af­fixed around the sides to cre­ate a seam­less pat­tern that con­ceals the end grain.

De­spite its seem­ingly sim­ple ap­pear­ance, as one would ex­pect from a de­sign by this master of de­tail and crafts­man­ship, Weg­ner’s ‘CH825’ is pleas­ingly functional. Its rolling shut­ter doors, which draw out to the side, run on tracks in­side the unit and then dis­ap­pear within the hid­den dou­ble sides and rear panel. All of its in­ter­nal me­chan­ics are dis­guised.

In­side, there are ad­justable shelves with fin­ger joints, and pull-out draw­ers which can be con­fig­ured as de­sired. In this up­dated ver­sion (from £5,461), which has had two cen­time­tres re­moved from the front and back to en­sure it can rest com­pletely flush against a wall, there is the op­tion to mount it on ei­ther steel loops or wooden legs. carl­hansen.com

DE­SIGNED FROM WEG­NER’S ORIG­I­NAL SKETCHES, EACH ‘CH825’ TAKES A SKILLED CABINETMAKER 25 HOURS TO CON­STRUCT

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