Wishbone Chair

This weekend marks the annual holiday of Thanksgiving Day in Canada.  Celebrated on the second Monday of October since 1957, Thanksgiving is a time for people to give thanks for a good harvest and also to be thankful for the good fortunes that have occurred in the past year.  Thanksgiving is often celebrated with family and friends sharing a large meal together with a roasted turkey being the traditional centerpiece.  Afterwards the turkey wishbone (bone overlying the breastbone) is saved, dried and then 2 people get a chance to break the bone and make a wish.  While on the topic of the wishbone I thought it an appropriate time to talk about the Wishbone Chair. Designed in 1950 by Hans Wegner, a Danish furniture designer, the Y-chair or the Wishbone Chair as it is often called due to the shape of the back resembling that of a wishbone is a classic piece of Danish mid-century furniture design.  Inspired by the Ming Dynasty chairs, Wegner designed the Wishbone chair with curved back legs and a semicircular top rail creating an ergonomically comfortable chair.  Since 1950, Carl Hansen & Sons have been manufacturing the Wishbone Chair that requires over 100 production steps to be done by hand creating a masterpiece of craftsmanship.  The hand-woven seat is made from over 100 meters of paper cord that is durable enough to last throughout many decades.  To those celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, I wish you a happy holiday and may all your wishbones be a Wegner!

          

                                  Image via Gabriel Ross

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