Chairs of the World: Wegner Wishbone

Night falls over the jungle. Through the canopy of trees the full moon glows bright in the sky, casting just enough light for our hunting party. Tread softly, keep a keen eye, and join me as we stalk our prey: that most graceful of creatures, the Wishbone Chair.

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First released into the wild by Hans J. Wegner in 1949, the Wishbone Chair is recognized by its spry physiognomy and quiet temperament. With curved hind legs and an arched, sloping back, the Wishbone (or CH 24 as it is properly known) is a hardy and versatile animal and can be found in diverse habitats.


Although a modern setting is most common for the Wishbone, its clean shape and neutral hide lend it well to all manner of situations. For example, It mixes equally well with stark metal or traditional column tables.

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A certain tribal elegance inherent to the Wishbone is easily heightened with the appropriate small accessories; materials with an organic feel such as wood or stone make appropriate partners for this earthy beast.


The Wishbone is frequently a social creature. It happily exists as one of a pair or a large group (seen here beneath stacks of roughly woven blankets—a common camouflage ploy for this species).

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However the Wishbone can also survive in solitude, and has been known to engage in self-exile from the pack. Naturalists have yet to come to a conclusion on the motivations behind this behaviour.

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Though the blonde-coated variety accounts for the majority of the Wishbone population, black-coated specimens do exist and are highly valued for their stark, spare lines.

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Very rare indeed is the Blue Legged Wishbone. It’s not for everyone, perhaps, but the most enthusiastic of Wishbone fanatics have been known to go to considerable lengths to acquire such a prized specimen.

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The Wishbone makes a gentle and affectionate family pet. Get yours new or pre-loved. And don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway!

Image Credits: 1. Chris Everard 2. Modern Craft 3. Noah Webb 4. Domino 5. Hotze Eisma 6. Patric Johansson 7. Ochre 8. David Prince 9. Johnny Miller



13 Responses to “Chairs of the World: Wegner Wishbone”

  1. Jane Flanagan Says:

    Love it!
    Have you sat in one? I read somewhere that they’re not that comfy?
    I adore the second image down!

  2. nkp Says:

    The blue-legged specimen is worthy of gracing a wall…like the prized catch, displayed for all to oooh and aaahhh over.
    Now that was fun!

  3. Michelle Says:

    I can’t believe you managed to track down all these images of this chair. the more i saw the chair, the more i liked it.

  4. Raina Says:

    I wonder what sound their little wooden legs make in a stampede.

  5. Rachel (Heart of Light) Says:

    The shape is so perfect! I wish I could capture one.

  6. i.d. Says:

    I love this chair – especially in blue!

  7. Joanna Says:

    The Wishbone is a super cool chair (love the name, too). Have you sat in it before? I wonder how comfortable it is?

  8. Anonymously Chic Says:

    oh what fantastic chairs. i’m especially smitten with the last blue one.

  9. callie grayson Says:

    i really like the blue one! and the black. One of my very good friends works for the company that sells Hans Wegner…. oh, how i wish to buy some of his furniture! it is all so beautiful

  10. Shell Sherree Says:

    Anne, what an inspired way to show us the versatile habitats of these iconic four legged beauties! {I love those butterflies, too. I do hope they died of natural causes, just like my pink cushioned-papasan did many moons ago.}

  11. The Deco Detective Says:

    I love this post, Anne=) What an exciting tale!
    Hope you’ll have an equally exciting weekend!
    Trudi xo

  12. velvet and linen Says:

    A classic.
    I would love to design something that is still popular 50 years later!
    Have a great weekend, Anne.

  13. Kimberlee Says:

    I wish I had a wishbone chair. Possible my favourite of them all. x

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