Wishbone chairs are a very popular addition to stylish homes around the world. These minimalist chairs have origins in Scandinavia, when in 1944, Danish designer Hans Wegner first designed this iconic chair form alongside furniture maker Carl Hansen. Wegner took inspiration for the design after studying traditional Chinese Emperors’ thrones. The chair was called CH24 originally, and is sometimes referred to as the Y-chair. The wishbone-shape on the back of each chair is how this chair earned its colloquial name.
Since its creation, this simple and functional chair has become an emblem of contemporary Nordic home design. Although the wishbone chair is a staple of modern Scandinavian home decor, the chair has now gone mainstream and can now be found in a wide variety of homes. In fact, the chair has stood the test of time and has been in continuous production since its initial release.
You can find wishbone chairs most commonly in the dining room, but they can also be easily used as desk chairs or accent chairs. The chair comes in a variety of colors, but in order to stay true to the design, we recommend opting for a more natural color like beige or brown. While the original wishbone chair will run you close to $600, all the other chair styles we selected below will not break the bank, and most come in at less than $200 each.
In case you’re wondering how to style this classic chair, we’ve rounded up several of the most inspiring rooms featuring wishbone chairs to give you some ideas.
Here the chair is found in a Scandinavian dining room:
A white tulip table is surrounded by neutral dining chairs by Susan Greenleaf.
Breakfast nooks are an easy place for these chairs!
I hope you found this little guide to wishbone chairs useful!
Here are a few more dining room chairs you should consider:
- Industrial Dining Chairs
- Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs
- Velvet Dining Chairs
- Cross-Back Dining Chairs
- Thonet Bentwood Dining Chairs