CH07 Shell chair

By Carl Hansen


  • Description

    Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1963. When it was presented at a Danish furniture exhibition some critics loved the avant-garde design, but the general public was slow to accept the chair's bold lines and initial sales were poor. Produced only in very limited quantities during the 1960s, Wegner's "Three-legged Shell Chair" began to fetch handsome prices at international auctions in the 1980s and 1990s.

    When Carl Hansen & Son re-introduced the chair in 1998, it immediately won several design awards and broad public appeal. Sometimes called "The Smiling Chair", the three-legged construction provides outstanding stability. The chair achieves a floating lightness due to its wing-like lines, its tapered legs, and the arching curves of its laminated legs.

  • Technical Info

    W:92 x D:83 x H:74cm (Seat height: 35cm)

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  • Designer
    Hans J. Wegner

    Hans J Wegner (1914-2007) trained as a cabinet-maker before attending the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts, where he later lectured from 1946 to 1953. From 1938 to 1942, he worked as a furniture designer in Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller«s architectural practice. In 1943, he set up his own office in Gentofte and collaborated with Børge Mogensen in the design of an apartment shown at the 1946 Cabinetmakers Exhibition in Copenhagen. Throughout his long career, he has designed furniture extensively for Johannes Hansen and Fritz Hansen. The Royal Society of Arts, London, made him an Honorary Royal Designers for Industry in 1959.

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    • Oak, oiled
    • Oak, white pigmented oiled
    • Walnut, oiled

    • Beige leather Thor 300
    • Black leather Thor 301
    • Dark Brown leather Thor 306
    • Light Brown leather Thor 325
    • White leather Thor 390

  • Delivery

    5-6 weeks
    Made to order item

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