Wishbone (“Y”) Chair
Wishbone (“Y”) Chair
“Cut down to the simplest possible design of four legs, a seat, and a combined back- and armrest.”
Hans J. Wegner is regarded as one of the world’s outstanding furniture designers and is often referred to as “The master of the Chair”. He is an honorary member of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. He was the first ever recipient of the Lunning Prize and received the 8th International Design Award in Osaka, Japan. His works are exhibited at major international museums including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.
The Wishbone chair is often referred to as the supermodel of chairs for the amount of front cover splashes it gets on interior and decor magazines around the world.
It is permanently displayed in the “Just One Good Chair” exhibition at the Design Museum in Denmark. Over the years The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has exhibited the Wishbone Chair a number of times.
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Apart from being stylish, the Wishbone chair is also very comfortable and hardwearing, thanks in part to the hand-woven seat made of paper cord that can easily last over 50 years. This woven seat gently gives way to the individual and then returns to its original shape. The steam-bent back and arm rail, together with the distinctive wishbone support, fulfills all the functional demands of a comfortable chair that supports the back and the arms. It is a pure and simple design that is grounded in comfort and stability.
Frame: Natural wood
Weave: Natural paper cord
Height: 76 cm
Armrest Height: 70cm
Seat height: 45 cm
Width: 55 cm
Depth: 51 cm
Carrying Weight: 120kg
Weight as shipped: 7.5 kg
Soaped Wood: Do not use washing-up liquid.
Apply a soap solution (made from 1.5 tbsp soap flakes mixed with 5 litres of lukewarm water) using a dry cloth or sponge and sweep in the direction of the grain. Wait about ten minutes. Tightly wring out the cloth with hot water and wipe the chair to remove excess soap. Allow the chair to dry. If the wood fibres rise slightly after the first few soap treatments, you may sand gently, using 240-grit sandpaper. Always sand in the direction of the grain. For everyday care, use a clean, soft cloth wrung out with lukewarm water. Do not use wire wool, washing-up liquid, oils or any cleaning agents or chemicals on the chair.
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.
Paper Cord: Never use washing-up liquid on paper cord.
Woven paper cord seats require little maintenance. The paper cord is strong, designed to last for years and is designed to patinate over time. If you do want to freshen up the seat, follow these instructions not more than twice a year.
Wipe the paper cord seat with a soft cloth and soap solution (made from 1,5 tbsp undyed soap flakes mixed with 5 litres lukewarm water). It is advisable not to do this too often as it can wear or fluff up the paper cord.
Seats made of natural paper cord can be discoloured by dyed fabrics, like the indigo dye on a pair of new jeans. To prevent this from happening, use a cushion on the seat.
The paper cord is treated with a thin layer of wax to prevent stains, but it will not be able to combat grease, red wine, fruit juice or the strong colour of spices in curry powder. To treat stains, remove as much of the fluid as possible with a soft cloth wrung out with lukewarm water and blot the affected area. Do not rub.