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Maharam Palio Shell Chair


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Shell Chair
with Maharam Palio fabric by Alexander Girard
designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

The Chair:
Maharam PalioIntroduced 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 Palio fabric by Alexander Girard, 1964
  • 61% Cotton, 39% solution-dyed post-industrial recycled Nylon
  • Abrasion: >180,000 double rubs (that's a whole lot of sitting)
  • Contributes to LEED MR Credit 4.1&4.2, Recycled Content
  • Contributes to LEED MR Credit 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials
  • Contributes to LEED IEQ Credit 4.5, Low Emitting Materials
  • Greenguard and Greenguard Gold certified
  • Heavy metal-free dyes
  • PFOA-free stain resistant treatment
  • This textile meets all appropriate flammability requirements for seating

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"

Maharam Shell Chair Dimensions

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.

Shipping & Delivery

Options are good. Here are your 2 shipping options:

Standard Curbside: Free

Standard Curbside Truck Shipping
Curbside shipping includes delivery of large or fragile items to your curb or front door Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This service does not include delivery inside your home or office, so be prepared. If you want to save money on shipping and are ok with a little moving and unpacking, this is your best option.

Inside Delivery Upgrade: $50.00

Inside Delivery Upgrade
Because this item is large and heavy and because we love our customers, we have decided to upgrade shipping from curbside to inside delivery at no extra cost to you. When your order reaches the local station in your area, the delivery agent will call to schedule a four hour delivery appointment. The driver will carefully bring the item inside the first room of your home or office so that you do not have to!

Shipping Rate:
Shipping for the Maharam Shell Chair is free!

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

For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.

Product Q&A


All Carl Hansen & Son furniture comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty.