The second part of our journey took us to the Carl Hansen factory, founded in 1908 the company might not be quite as old as Rud Rasmussen but still has an incredibly rich history and its beautiful catalogue of furniture dating back to the 1930s to 1960’s has garnered a far greater attention worldwide. The reason for Carl Hansen’s success has been to combine outstanding traditional craftsmanship with rational serial production and the latest technology. This has enabled them to produce high quality furniture of lasting value at more reasonable prices than Rud Rasmussen.
All furniture is made by incredibly skilled craftsmen and women locally in their factory in Aarup and there was a much greater emphasis on hand made skills then we had thought given the quantities of furniture that comes out of the factory. The highlight of the tour was seeing the production process of the wishbone chair. The chair takes a team approximately three weeks to prepare the wood and assemble the 14 parts that make up the chair. Most of the 100 steps are done by hand culminating in over 120 metres of paper cord which is skilfully woven by the local celebrity Benny Hammer Larsen.
Benny is Carl Hansen’s best kept secret and his dedication to the company is so complete that he has a Wishbone tattoo on his forearm. We were even lucky enough to have a go at attempting to weave one of the chairs ourselves although it absolutely failed the rigorous quality control checks that each chair goes through.
The experience of visiting the factory was absolutely fantastic trip and the hospitality of Carl Hansen left a lasting impression which we will be forever grateful for.