Carl Hansen & Søn
Hans Wegner CH07 Shell Chair, 60th Anniversary Edition
- The Designer
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To mark the 60th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s iconic Shell Chair, Carl Hansen & Søn launches the chair with an anniversary version in rosewood and oak.
The Shell Chair was first presented on 20 September 1963 at the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition in Copenhagen. However, it took another 35 years for the chair to achieve its current level of popularity and recognition. This only serves to underline the visionary quality of Wegner as a designer. In 2023, Carl Hansen & Søn celebrates the Shell Chair’s 60th anniversary with an exclusive edition made of rosewood and oak, available with or without a seat upholstered in black, matte aniline leather.
A small brass plate engraved with Hans J. Wegner’s signature and design year is mounted to the back of the chair.
The Shell Chair is characterized by a strong design language with high comfort. The chair's soft lines and organic shapes also demonstrate Wegner's knowledge of both the potential and challenges of wood. To add stability to the three-legged chair, Wegner developed a distinctive double frame that is equally beautiful from all angles.
Unlike the regular Shell Chair, this anniversary edition comes with upholstery on the seat only, adding additional visibility to the characteristic grain of the FSC™-certified Santos rosewood. The legs are made from FSC™-certified oak and the chair is furnished with or without Danish SPOOR traceable aniline leather. SPOOR traceable leather means that every piece of leather can be traced on to single individual hides and the specific animal. Thereby we secure transparent and responsible sourcing on both the wood and upholstery.
- Brand:Carl Hansen & Søn Handmade Furniture of Denmark
- Country: Denmark
- SKU: CH-CH07-J60T-QS-FJ
- Material: FSC™-certified Rosewood & Oak, Leather (SPOOR)
- Care:Care instructions included.
- Description_tag:To mark the 60th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s iconic Shell Chair, Carl Hansen & Søn launches the chair with an anniversary version in rosewood and oak. Available with or without a seat upholstered in black, matte aniline SPOOR leather.
- Designer:Hans J. Wegner
- Dimensions:(WxHxD) 36.2" x 29.1" x 32.6"
Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder in Southern Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he completed his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker in the workshop of H. F. Stahlberg where his first designs saw the light of day. At the age of twenty he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to attend the School of Arts and Crafts, where he studied from 1936-1938 before embarking on a career as an architect.
In 1940, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller and began designing furniture for the new City Hall in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city. This was also the year when Wegner began working with master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, who played a major role in introducing modern design to the Danish public.
Hans J. Wegner opened his own drawing office in 1943. In 1944, he designed the first China Chair in a series inspired by Chinese chairs from the Ming dynasty. One of these chairs, the Wishbone Chair, designed in 1949 and produced by Carl Hansen & Søn since 1950, went on to become Wegner's most successful design of all time.
Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive Danish furniture designers of all time. He has received several accolades given to designers, including the Lunning Prize in 1951 and The 8th International Design Award in 1997.
He became an honorary member of the Royal Danish Academy for the Fine Arts in 1995, and an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art in 1997. Almost all of the world's major design museums, from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, feature his furniture in their collections. Hans J. Wegner died in Denmark in January 2007 - at the age of 92.
Carl Hansen & Søn's products embody the narrative of the finest classical furniture art, created by some of Denmark's leading architects and designers—including Frits Henningsen, Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher—as well as the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the Austrian design trio EOOS.
With solid foundations in Danish traditions of joinery, blended with deep insight into the latest production technology, we make furniture of durable beauty and value, distinguished by full respect for sustainable materials.