Maharam Mechanism Shell Chair
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with Maharam Mechanism fabric
designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son
Introduced 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
- Maharam Mechanism fabric
- 100% Polyester
- Abrasion: >100,000 double rubs (that's a whole lot of sitting)
- Contributes to LEED IEQ Credit 4.5, Low Emitting Materials
- Greenguard and Greenguard Gold certified
- This textile meets all appropriate flammability requirements for seating
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Materials & Measurements
Cold foam, Maharam upholstery options
29.1" h | 36.2" w | 32.7" d | seat depth: 18.9" | seat height: 13.8"
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
The 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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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.
Shipping & Delivery
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Please allow 2-4 weeks for configurations to arrive at destinations within the contiguous United States
Standard Ship Method:
Ships via standard freight
Package weight: 46.7 lbs.
Package size: 29.9" h | 35.8" w | 35.8" l
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Carl Hansen & Sons warrants that the purchased products will be free from manufacturer’s defects in material and workmanship for a period of 5 years.