Carl Hansen weaving demonstration for London Craft Week

On April 26, 2017 · 0 Comments

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

A date for your diary: as part of London Craft Week, our Upper Street shop will be hosting a live weaving demonstration courtesy of Carl Hansen and Son.

Benny Hammer Larsen, Carl Hansen and Son’s master weaver, will be setting to work in-store to showcase the highly skilled paper cord weaving technique used in the production of each Carl Hansen chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Benny visited us last year, when he worked on the paper cord seat of the CH22 lounge chair designed by Hans Wegner. This year he will be weaving the seat of a different but no less illustrious Wegner design: the CH23 dining chair.

Designed at the same time as the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair, the CH23 was one of the first four chairs that Wegner designed for the renowned Swedish furniture manufacturer.

Ch23 dining chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Relaunched by Carl Hansen at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair after five decades out of production, the CH23 has an intricate double-woven paper cord seat that requires considerable experience and skill to produce.

Ch23 dining chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Benny will be craftsman-in-residence at our Upper Street shop from 10am to 12pm on Saturday 6th May.

So whether you’re interested in modern design or simply intrigued to watch a master craftsman at work, do join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight into the expertise and heritage that goes into making each Carl Hansen chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Carl Hansen craftsmanship at Upper Street

On June 8, 2016 · 0 Comments

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Join us at our Upper Street shop for an exceptional opportunity to observe a master craftsman at work and gain an insight into the construction of a genuine design classic.

Benny Hammer Larsen,  Carl Hansen and Son’s master weaver, will be conducting a demonstration of the papercord weaving technique that is used in the production of each handmade Carl Hansen chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Benny will be working on two designs by Hans Wegner – a CH22 lounge chair and a CH26 arm chair – both of which hold a very special place in the history of Danish design.

The CH22 was the first chair that Wegner designed exclusively for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950, appearing in his debut collection for the manufacturer alongside such classics as the CH24 (popularly known as the Wishbone chair) and the CH25 lounge chair.

CH22 and CH26

By contrast, the CH26 is a design that never went into production, but represents Wegner’s elegant adaptation of the CH22 into a dining chair. Produced according to Wegner’s original and exacting specification, the CH22 and CH26 are now being reissued by Carl Hansen.

Meanwhile, Benny Hammer Larsen’s dedication to his craft is perhaps best illustrated by his tattoo – of a Wishbone chair.

Carl Hansen weaving demonstration at Upper Street

Join us 10am – 12pm on Friday 10th June at the twentytwentyone Upper Street shop for an insight into the skill, expertise and heritage that combine to make a Hans Wegner Carl Hansen chair.

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