Shop All Carl Hansen <p>Smart Furniture is pleased to offer furniture from the internationally famous workshop of Carl Hansen & Son. Their furniture has become a staple of modern design the world over for its exemplary use of materials, its firm grasp on line and form, and its reliance on great simplicity. They also happen to be the best place to get works of furniture art from the late Hans Wegner, one of the greatest designers who ever lived.</p><p>Carl Hansen & Son are a Danish company, and the furniture they've created for years is a large part of the canon of Danish Modern Design. From chairs to tables, they have their finger on the pulse of an art movement that has made furniture more beautiful, more necessary, and more important to the homes (and even museums) that cherish them.</p><p>At Smart Furniture we've collected all of the very best pieces from the vast collection of this historic company. Furniture by Carl Hansen & Son and Hans Wegner is among the most classic and sought after the world over. And at Smart Furniture we offer our customers lots of important choices in how the chair or table actually appears - here you can choose between hundreds of textiles, colors, and finishes to get precisely what you're looking for.</p><p>Carl Hansen & Son has been around for more than a century. In that time they have developed partnerships with some of the great design minds of the last 100 years, including most notably that of Hans Wegner. Together with Holger Hansen, Wegner's designs came to define the style that is now known as "Danish Modern," and Hansen & Son was the company that sent that work all over the world to be owned and enjoyed by all.</p><p>That partnership began in the late 1940s and continued on until Wegner's death. The furniture produced in the intervening years is among the most impressive bodies of work any furniture designer has ever produced. Not only were the pieces original and meaningful, they were beautiful and useful. They were and are a major hit, perfect for any home with a taste for high style.</p><p>Wegner's designs were so unique in fact that at first it was difficult to produce them using the same traditional methods Danish carpenters had been using for as long as they could remember. But within 10 years of first choosing the work together Carl Hansen & Son and Hans Wegner were very much "on the map."</p><p>But the legacy of Carl Hansen & Son has not been fully set. Not content to live in the past or rest on their laurels, today the company continues to innovate, create, and revitalize. They continue to make gorgeous furniture, reach out to like minded designers, and expand their business across the globe. The first chapter of the company was the minting of Danish Modern design - and the second is now being written. Browse through our amazing selection of new and old pieces from this venerated company, and see what would be perfect in your home - you're certain to find something that's just right.</p><p><strong>Products:</strong></p><p>One of the very first pieces that Hans Wegner created was the <a href=""><strong><u>Wishbone Chair,</a></strong></u> so named for the distinctively shaped back piece of the chair. This was one of the major products that put the company on the map, and today it's still as fresh and engaging as it ever was.</p><p>Other major products include the <a href=""><strong><u>Shell Chair</a></strong></u>, the <a href=""><strong><u>Elbow Chair</strong></u></a>, and <a href=""><strong><u>Oculus Chair</a></u></strong> and the <a href=""><strong><u>Wing Chair</a></strong></u>. Each piece is completely unique, yet all were designed by the same man, and in a distinctive, modern way.</p><p>If you're looking for great tables, look no further than the CH332, or CH339, pieces that were also designed and executed by the great Hans Wegner.</p><p>There is no shortage of amazing furniture here - find what's right for you today!</p>

Maharam Ditto Shell Chair


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Shell Chair
with Maharam Ditto fabric
designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

The Chair:
Maharam DittoIntroduced in 1963, the Shell Chair was skeptically met at first and it was shelved after a few limited editions were produced. In 1997, the Shell Chair was relaunched by Wegner and Carl Hansen, and finally got the attention it so obviously deserves. Then, as if to prove its popular acceptance and pedigree, one of the original Shell Chairs from the 60's sold for $20,000 at Christie's in London in 1999.

To add to the Shell Chair's collection of accolades, the chair was given the highest possible grade in The Technological Institute of Denmark's test program in 1999.

  • 3 legs give the Shell Chair a unique look and a remarkably stable base
  • Front legs are one continuous piece that wraps under the seat, and the rear leg is a separate piece
  • Solid, long-lasting form-pressed plywood construction
  • 2 upholstered cushions, fastened to the shell with screws from the back and bottom
  • Comfortably provided with Maharam fabric upholstery

The Fabric:

  • Maharam Ditto fabric
  • 77% post-consumer recycled Polyester, 23% solution-dyed Nylon
  • Abrasion: >60,000 double rubs
  • Contributes to LEED IEQ Credit 4.5, Low Emitting Materials
  • Greenguard and Greenguard Gold certified
  • PFOA-free stain resistant finish
  • Heavy metal free dyes
  • This textile meets all appropriate flammability requirements for seating

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Materials & Measurements

Form-pressed plywood
Cold foam, Maharam upholstery options

29.1" h | 36.2" w | 32.7" d | seat depth: 18.9" | seat height: 13.8"

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Design Story

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary and ICFF, the perpetually innovative Hans Wegner Shell Chair serves as a foil for Maharam’s diverse range of textiles, including homespun wool textures, re-editioned designs of the Wiener Werkstätte and Alexander Girard, and collaborations with Hella Jongerius and Paul Smith.

Twenty special Shell Chairs, each with a different Maharam textile and coordinating wood frame, have been editioned as part of Carl Hansen's celebration of the chair and the creative genius of both Hans Wegner and the designers of these incredible fabrics.

About The Manufacturer

Carl HansenThe family-owned Carl Hansen & Son has been producing hand-made pieces since 1908. However, it was not until the late 1940s that the Danish furniture house, under the direction of Holger Hansen (the "Son"), joined forces with Hans Wegner and began a partnership that would help further not just the company but the entire Danish Modern design style. Wegner's unique, modern designs initially tested the company's production team as it had previously dedicated itself to more traditionally home-style pieces. Under Holger Hansen's guidance the partnership flourished; in the 1950s and 1960s the Carl Hansen Company and Hans Wegner both received international acclaim for their boundary-pushing work. One of the first pieces to emerge from this partnership was the Wishbone Chair, one of four chairs that Wegner designed specially for Carl Hansen in 1949. While the company faced difficulties during the second half of the 20th century, including Holger Hansen's sudden death in 1962, Carl Hansen & Son persevered and began the 21st century with a renewed focus, set on bringing Danish Modern furniture back to the center of the design world. Since 2001, when grandson Knud Erik Hansen assumed control of the company, Carl Hansen & Son has expanded in Denmark, continued to produce top-quality, hand-crafted furniture, gone on producing successful Wegner designs, and introduced new, previously unseen pieces from the legendary Danish designer.

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Hans WegnerHans Wegner
One of the prime influences in Danish Modern design during its formative years, Hans Wegner first began to design furniture after attending the Carpenters' Guild Furniture Exhibits in Copenhagen, Denmark. Shortly after completing his studies at what is now The Danish Design School, he was tasked by Arne Jacobsen with designing all the furniture of his Arhus City Hall. After working with Jacobsen for a short time, he began designing furniture for the Carl Hansen & Son furniture company in 1949. From that partnership came classics such as the Wishbone Chair, Elbow Chair, Shell Chair, and Wing Chair. Still as fresh now as they were then, these enduring pieces of modern furniture bear testimony to Wegner's craftsmanship and inspiration.

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Please allow 2-4 weeks for configurations to arrive at destinations within the contiguous United States

Standard Ship Method:
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Package weight: 46.7 lbs.

Package size: 29.9" h | 35.8" w | 35.8" l

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