Originally designed in 1938 by Danish architect and cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen and in continuous production at Carl Hansen & Søn until 2003, Windsor Chair is now reissued with modern comfort in mind. Characterized by a carved wooden seat on which the base and the backrest are directly fixed, thin spindles are fitted into a top curved piece of wood, forming its familiar profile. A cross between a dining chair and a lounge chair, the Henningsen version requires the skills of an experienced carpenter and is precision-shaped from solid FSC-certified oak and sanded by hand, a distinguished example of traditional craftsmanship refined over centuries.
- 39.4" h x 23.6" w x 26.4" d (100x60x67cm)
- Seat height: 17.7" (45cm)
Carl Hansen & Søn
For Knud Erik Hansen, grandson of founder Carl Hansen and now the third-generation leader of the family-owned business, the way to the future also means honoring what has come before. Beginning in 1908 when a young cabinetmaker opened a small furniture workshop on the Danish island of Funen to today with Carl Hansen & Søn numbering some 400 employees worldwide, the company’s core mission in producing exceptional Danish Modern furniture has never wavered — an uncompromising commitment to the finest craftsmanship as reflected in the work of the best designers of the past and present.
The turning point came in 1949, when Carl’s son Holger Hansen took a chance on the then-unknown Hans J. Wegner, since revered for his now-classic Wishbone Chair, and the union continues to this day with the company as the world’s largest producer of Wegner’s furniture manufactured in Denmark. Alongside other Midcentury benchmarks from the likes of Ole Wanscher, Frits Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen and pioneering female architect Bodil Kjær, the company continues to introduce work from new Danish visionaries such as design duo Strand + Hvass, Thomas Bo Kastholm, Anker Bak and multidisciplinary artist Naja Utzon Popov. “If we play it cleverly and maintain our high quality and sustainability we have a great future,” says Knud Hansen. “Our furniture lasts for generations, so our quality is the key to our continuity. We have been producing wood furniture in Denmark for thousands of years.”