Aesthetic, comfortable seating enhances the gourmet experience

Besides offering great food and a drink, top restaurants offer a chance to enrich our senses by creating unique ambiences.

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In addition to great food and drink, a top restaurant should offer an interior that connects with our senses. And together with the lighting, the chairs we sit in are especially important for our overall experience.

Carl Hansen & Søn's furniture range contains a number of beautiful and diverse chairs that offer excellent seating comfort, making them ideally suited to the many restaurants around the world that use them. A selection of these fine-dining establishments is featured here.

"Bouli Bar, San Francisco, with Wegner's CH33 Chair. Photo by Mariko Reed"


Bouli Bar

South Passageway, Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco, USA

Design Architect: Kallos Turin

Bouli Bar attracted immediate attention and a diverse clientele when it opened its doors less than a year ago. Frequented by tourists, businesspeople and locals alike, the restaurant boasts an interior by Abigail Turin of Kallos Turin, who gave it an industrial feel with a polished concrete floor and elegant details, among other elements.

The casual, simple, white-walled interior features exposed pipes that are set against a black ceiling and hold hanging black pendants of various shapes. The restaurant's furnishings further enhance its down-to-earth atmosphere: several-meter-long tables in light brown wood and Hans J. Wegner's CH33 dining chairs - black-painted, with black leather seats - beautifully complement the black ceiling. The CH33 is characterized by oblique legs that lend the chair's frame an elegant, conical shape. Up to 50 diners at a time can relax in the comfortable design classics as they enjoy Bouli Bar's excellent pizzas or various salads inspired by Eastern Mediterranean cuisine.

"The National Art Center, Tokyo, featuring the Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner"


The National Art Center, Tokyo

Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

Architect: Kisho Kurokawa

Tokyo's large modern art institution, The National Art Center, Tokyo, designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, was built in 2007. Housing a collection focused on 20th-century art, the Center is furnished exclusively with Danish design. Carl Hansen & Søn furniture are found throughout the building, including in the foyer, the library, the hall and the Salon de Thé Rond - the Center's spectacular café.

The Salon de Thé Rondis perched atop a large inverted cone structure located in the giant hall, which in turn is surrounded by the building's undulating glass facade. The café is open to the hall, allowing diners to look out into the sprawling space as they enjoy sandwiches, tea, coffee, or a glass of wine.

There is room for up to 82 guests at the square tables situated along the cone's periphery. The café is devoid of all ornament and decoration - with the notable exception of its oak Wishbone Chairs, whose organic form provides a beautiful contrast to the sparse, minimalist space.

Bistro Refter, Belgium, has chosen Wegner's Elbow Chair to accompany the dining experience"


Bistro Refter

Molenmeers 2, Bruges, Belgium

Interior designer:noAarchitecten

At Bistro Refter, guests enjoy high-quality, no-nonsense food as they observe the busy chefs in the semi-open kitchen. The popular bistro was designed by Brussels-based noAarchitecten, who created a modern, simple and intimate interior. Polished, dark stone floors match a number of other black elements, including the ceiling, sculptural light fixtures, square tables and countertops.

As a contrast to the black,noAarchitecten chose Hans J. Wegner's CH20 chair in oak, white oil with a cognac leather seat.  Wegner designed his Elbow Chair, as it is also known, in 1956 - but it was not until 2005 that it was put into production, by Carl Hansen & Søn. The elegant design offers excellent seating comfort, with the beautifully curved backrest providing support for the arms and back. Bistro Refter's high-backed, fixed benches are also upholstered in the same cognac leather, all in harmony with the hand painted ceramic wall panels.

"Restaurant Kadeau in Copenhagen with Wegner's CH33 Chair. Photo by Marie Louise Munkegaard"


Restaurant Kadeau

Wildersgade, Copenhagen

Interior designers: Ole Rask, Trine Schneider

The restaurant Kadeau København/ Copenhagen arose out of a great love for the Danish island of Bornholm, where the restaurant's three founders grew up together. Kadeau opened its Copenhagen location in 2011 to instant acclaim, earning its first Michelin star in 2013.

The restaurant serves food made almost exclusively from Bornholm ingredients, and the ingredients of its interior design are intended to be consistent with the high-quality food - and to reflect Bornholm's distinct, organic aesthetic.

The large Douglas fir bookshelf and granite kitchen counter come from Bornholm; the glasses and ceramic items, too, were created by Bornholm craftsmen. The designers were looking for a beautiful, classic, and comfortable chair to complement the custom-made, black-stained oak round tables - and chose Hans J. Wegner's CH33 in light oak with a natural-colored leather seat to complete the restaurant's inviting, nature-inspired atmosphere.

"Restaurant at Son Brull Boutique Hotel, Majorca, with Wegner's Wishbone Chair".


Restaurant at Son Brull Boutique Hotel

Carretera Palma-Pollença, Majorca

Interior designer:Ignacio Forteza

At the foot of a mountain in northeast Majorca, surrounded by almond and olive groves, stands a rare gem of a hotel. The Son Brull Boutique Hotel occupies a large old farmhouse that, following extensive but gentle restoration, appears in its original rustic beauty.

The hotel restaurant, also rustic and highly refined, is characterized by hard surfaces: the walls are made either of local stone or are smooth and painted white; the floor is polished slate; and the windows and doors are framed with sandstone.

Diners are seated at square tables with chalk-white tablecloths in oak Wishbone Chairs, whose organic form and wooden structure create an alluring contrast to the room's hard surfaces. Together with elegant, stage-style lighting, the iconic chairs define the interior's softer side.

Watch the craftsmanship that goes into making the Wishbone Chair in the video below:


Watch the craftsmanship that goes into making the CH33 Chair in the video below: