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First Masterpieces collection by Ilse Crawford and Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Dezeen Showroom: Carl Hansen & Son has collaborated with Ilse Crawford to rerelease five chairs by midcentury Danish designer Hans J Wegner in a range of earthy colours.

Named First Masterpieces, the collection encompasses seating designs that were originally created by Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950.

Each chair has been reinterpreted in a range of five earthy colours chosen by Crawford to "give a fresh perspective to the collection".

CH25 by Hans J Wegner
Above: the First Masterpieces collection includes the CH25 chair. Top video: Ilse Crawford discussed the collection during a livestreamed talk as part of Carl Hansen & Son's Open House event

Included in the collection are the seminal CH24 chair, also known as the Wishbone Chair, alongside the CH22 lounge chair, CH23 dining chair, CH25 lounge chair and CH26 dining chair.

They are each available with a translucent water-based paint finish that was chosen by Crawford to add depth to the chairs' classic forms.

CH25 by Hans J Wegner
The CH25 (left) has also been recoloured

"The environmentally friendly, water-based colours all have a slightly transparent finish, which allows the chairs' original oak wood grain to shine through, creating a nuanced sense of colour and texture," said the brand.

"The muddy, painterly tones nod to the raw beauty of the Nordic landscape and they are intended to work both as a group and independently."

CH26 chair by Carl Hansen
The CH26 chair (right) can be finished in a glossy blue paint

Crawford discussed the collection during a livestreamed talk as a part of Carl Hansen & Son's virtual Open House event earlier this month. The programme also included five other talks, with speakers including MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and Kvadrat CEO Anders Byriel.

All videos from the event, including a tour of the brand's production facility in Denmark, can be viewed on the Open House website.

Product: First Masterpieces
Designer: Ilse Crawford and Hans J Wegner
Brand: Carl Hansen & Son
Contact: [email protected]

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