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Elbow Chair CH20

Replica

Hans Wegner
1956
The Elbow Chair Front View

Elbow Chair CH20

Replica

Hans Wegner
1956
The Elbow Chair In Brown Front View
The Elbow Chair is a prime example of Scandinavian design’s purist ideals. Its complex manufacturing process meant that it didn’t go into production until quite some time after Wegner designed it in 1956. The pure and simple lines that perfectly fulfil all the needs of an aesthetically pleasing yet fully functional chair ensure an ongoing demand for the Elbow Chair by many lovers of midcentury design. 

“The chair is the item closest to people’s hearts. It can be given a personal expression.”

Hans Wegner
Two Wegner Eblow Chairs Stacked On Top of One Another
The Elbow Chair In Brown Front View

Many of the world’s major design museums – from the Museum Of Modern Art in New York to the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich – include The Elbow Chair in their exhibitions. 

The Elbow Chair was awarded the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) Editors’ Award in New York in 2005. 

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Clean Comfort

The Elbow chair offers a natural, contoured design with an ideal balance of fresh modern style and everyday comfort. The curved backrest cradles the body for optimal support. The seat is contoured and cushioned. Highly resilient polyurethane foam comes wrapped in supple leather upholstery. Stackable and sturdy, the chair’s low back makes it a reliable option for the workspace or a comfortable alternative dining chair.

Quality and Craftsmanship
The frame of the Elbow Chair is exquisitely crafted from natural oak, to exhibit the beautifully unique grain in each different chair. A form-pressed veneer rail supports the seat for stability while keeping the look of the chair extremely light. The minimalist wooden seat is upholstered in top grain Italian leather. Using simple but attentive processes, The Elbow Chair is a lesson in enduring craftsmanship.
Hans J. Wegner, born in Tonder in Denmark in 1914, was amongst the most prolific Danish designers, helping to establish the popularity of mid-century Scandinavian design. The son of a cobbler, he had done an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker which gave him a profound insight into working with wood. Studies at the Copenhagen school of Arts and Crafts followed and led to his highly productive and illustrious career as the “master of the chair”. In his lifetime he designed more than 500 chairs, of which more than 100 went into mass production. By the end of his career, Wegner had received nearly all the major recognitions awarded to designers.
“It was rather a continuous process of purification, and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements.”
Hans Wegner
Product Literature
The chair stands on four cylindrical wooden legs. The front legs are slightly tapered at the bottom and rounded at the top to avoid sharp corners. The back legs, which also serve as a fixture for a backrest, are tapered at both ends. The legs are spanned together with bent wooden slats. The base provides support for a bent seat pan, which seems to float above the legs. It is manufactured from 11-ply veneer laminate, which is compression molded into the desired shape. A thin layer of cold cure foam on the top of the seat pan adds more comfort. The famous backrest is steam bent from one solid piece of wood into its characteristic rounded shape, which sticks out far enough to allow support for the arms. 
Product Materials

Frame: Natural oak 

Upholstery: Top grain Italian leather 

Padding: Polyurethane foam 

Product Dimensions

Height: 73cm 

Depth: 47cm 

Width: 54cm 

Seat height: 46cm 

Carrying weight: 120kg 

 Weight as shipped: 7kg 

Care Instructions

Oiled Wood:  

Routine cleaning: 

Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction  of the wood grain.  Clean the surface  periodically  with a soft cloth slightly dampened with water.  Never use wax-based products (e.g. Pledge), aerosol-powered cleaners, polishes, waxes, abrasive cleaners, or oily polishes.  

Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off. Make sure that your wood furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle.  We recommend that  wood products should  not  be  exposed to intense sunlight  for prolonged periods of time as  ultra-violet rays may eventually damage the finish.  

Do not use an abrasive material on the  wood.   

Maintaining the oiled finish 

To oil the product, prepare the product prior to applying the oil: Rub the entire surface with ultra-fine steel wool (no. 000) in the direction of the grain to remove small surface blemishes, light scratches, and any build-up from previous oil treatment. Improve the appearance of blemishes (like scratches or nicks) by sanding the wood veneer lightly with very fine (no. 360 grit) sandpaper in the direction of the grain. Apply small amount of boiled linseed or Tung oil to a clean soft cotton cloth. Wipe small sections at a time in direction of grain using a circular motion until the entire veneer is coated.  

Wipe off excess oil with a clean soft dry cotton cloth and smooth in the direction of the grain. Within 10 minutes, rub again with a soft dry clean cloth until the entire surface is dry. After about three hours, polish with a soft dry clean cloth. Allow the oil to dry for 24 hours before sitting in it to avoid transfer to clothing. As the oil builds over time, the period between applications will extend. Only apply oil when the product looks dry.  

NOTE: Only apply oil when the product looks dry. Only apply oil on wooden or veneer surfaces. Immediately wipe off any oil that makes contacts with leather, plastic, or metal parts. Properly dispose of rags used with oil as they can accidentally combust. Rinse oily rags with thoroughly water and hang out to dry.   

Wood:  

Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction  of the wood grain. Clean the surface  periodically  with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture.  Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off. Make sure that your  wood furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle.  We recommend that  wood products should  not  be  exposed to intense sunlight  for prolonged periods of time as  ultra-violet rays may eventually damage the finish.  

Do not use an abrasive material on the  wood.   

Leather 

Occasionally remove dust from the leather with a damp, lint-free cloth. Small soiled spots can be gently removed with a  colourless  eraser. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off with a little water. Once a year, the leather should be treated with a special leather care product, but never with any type of strong cleansing agent. Only use quality leather products which do not leave residue. Oily build-up on the leather makes it susceptible to bacteria, which can destroy the leather. Clean the stitching with a soft-bristle brush. 

Make sure that your leather furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. In addition, we recommend that leather surfaces are not permanently exposed to intense sunlight, because direct sunlight over an extended time period can diminish the quality of the leather. 

Leather can be treated occasionally with conditioners to keep it in its original state. Liquid spills should be blotted up immediately, not wiped. For daily cleaning, dust leather with a soft cloth.

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