Carl Hansen’s craftsman-in-residence at our Upper Street shop

On May 11, 2017 · 0 Comments

benny's hands

Carl Hansen & Son‘s master-weaver Benny Larsen was in London throughout London Craft Week 2017, offering a series of weaving demonstrations that showcased the exceptional skill and craft required to make each Carl Hansen chair.


twentytwentyone was lucky enough to host Benny as craftsman-in-residence at our Upper Street shop last Saturday morning, when he offered customers and passersby a unique insight into the intricate art of paper cord weaving.

Benny visited us last year for a similar demonstration, working on the envelope-woven seat of the CH22 chair.


This year he was weaving the paper cord seat of the CH23 dining chair.

This is one of the very first designs that Hans Wegner produced for Carl Hansen, created at the same time as the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair.


Although it has been out of production for five decades, the CH23 has now been relaunched by Carl Hansen, ensuring that all four of Wegner’s initial designs for the company are now available to the public.


The double-woven seat of the CH23 chair requires 130 metres of paper cord and can take an experienced weaver over an hour to produce – although Benny can complete one in around 45 minutes.

In addition to observing a master at work, members of the public and shop staff were invited to take a turn…


… hopefully inspiring the next generation of Carl Hansen master weavers?


Many thanks to Carl Hansen and Benny Larsen for a fascinating and highly informative event.



At home with Carl Hansen and Mourne Textiles

On May 3, 2016 · 0 Comments

Weaving workshop for London Craft Week

London Craft Week sees a special collaboration between Carl Hansen & Son and Mourne Textiles that celebrates the craftsmanship and heritage of these two unique family-run businesses.

Mourne Textiles have transported a traditional hand-weaving loom from their workshop in Ireland and have installed it in Carl Hansen’s London showroom in order to demonstrate weaving techniques to the public. In addition, a range of Mourne’s heritage fabrics will be used to upholster chairs designed by Hans J Wegner and Ole Wanscher currently produced by Carl Hansen.

The event runs from 3rd May to 5th May at 16A Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0BD. More details can be found here.

Following the event, some of the chairs upholstered in Mourne textiles will be on display at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom.

Mourne Textiles weaving workshop at Carl Hansen's London showroom

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