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Ilse Crawford Dresses J. Wegners 'First Work in New Colors

To celebrate Hans J. Wegner's enduring legacy and over 70 years of collaboration, Carl Hansen & Son has teamed up with London-based designer Ilse Crawford to develop a new color palette for a limited edition of the first chairs Wegner created for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950.

The new First Masterpieces collection consists of five of Hans J. Wegner's most iconic models. This includes the classic CH24, also known as the Y-chair, and the woven recliner CH25, which has been in production at Carl Hansen & Son for over 70 years. Now Ilse Crawford has dressed the masterpieces in five earthy shades that put the collection in a whole new light. The environmentally friendly, water-based colors are easily transparent, which allows the grain of the oak to shine through and create beautiful shades in both color and structure.

- We wanted to produce a color scale that reflects the time we live in, and we believe that these muted and toned-down shades appeal to today's target group, Ilse Crawford explains.

- We have taken inspiration from paintings by the late Danish artist Per Kirkeby, whose interest in nature and geology was expressed in a striking way in his work. These are not simple, trendy or standard interior colors, but colors that add depth and complexity to the room, says Ilse Crawford.

The natural, painterly nuances bring to mind the barren beauty of the Scandinavian landscape and are intended to work both together and on their own.

- Colors are so strongly linked to our emotions and moods, and we hope that these discreet shades will contribute to a warm, relaxed and natural environment, says Ilse Crawford.

About Ilse Crawford

Ilse Crawford is a London-based designer, academic and creative director and founder of Studioilse, and has been at the forefront of the international design world for more than thirty years. Before starting Studioilse in 2001, she founded and was the editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration UK, launched the magazine BARE and worked for Donna Karan to launch Donna Karan Home. Ilse Crawford focuses on always putting human needs and desires at the center - a philosophy that she brings to life with the help of Studioilse's interdisciplinary team. The goal is to create environments where people feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are pleasant and relevant to the people who live there.

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Ilse Crawford Dresses J. Wegners 'First Work in New Colors

To celebrate Hans J. Wegner's enduring legacy and over 70 years of collaboration, Carl Hansen & Son has teamed up with London-based designer Ilse Crawford to develop a new color palette for a limited edition of the first chairs Wegner created for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950.