The popularity of midcentury Danish design owes much to Hans J Wegner (1914-2007) and his effortless ability to unite form and function. His perennially appealing designs include the Peacock chair (1947), Wishbone chair (1949) and Hoop chair (produced in 1985). With original pieces now prized as collectors’ items, the Danish manufacturer Carl Hansen & Sons has reintroduced several designs (precisely following Wegner’s original drawings and specifications). These include his serene CH100 desk from 1970, which has now been launched in an even more eye-catching version, with 24ct gold-plated legs (pictured).
Fine craftsmanship and luxurious materials characterise the CH100 desk. Its streamlined shape and symmetrical drawers are handcrafted with dovetailed joints, while a sleek leather surface complements an oak or walnut carcass. Normally sitting on slim, polished stainless-steel legs, the lustrous alternative is fitted with legs plated in gold by the long-established Danish company Georg Jensen. It costs £17,926 in a limited edition of just five at Skandium’s in-store shop at Selfridges in London.
“Managing a design heritage such as Wegner’s must be done with respect and devotion. But if anyone was innovative and had an eye to the future, it was Wegner,” says Knud Erik Hansen, third-generation owner of Carl Hansen & Sons. “As a designer he was also something of a contemporary King Midas. Much of what he touched turned into golden examples of form meeting function with a beauty that perseveres for generations.”
Quite what Wegner would have made of this is anyone’s guess, although those with a yen for the original materials can buy a steel-legged version (£7,492) from Skandium’s Brompton Road store.