Hans J. Wegner was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark, the son of a shoemaker. At the age of 17, he finished his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with H. F. Stahlberg, in whose workshops Wegner’s first design experiments took form. He moved to Copenhagen as a 20 year-old, and attended the School of Arts and Crafts from 1936 – 1938 before he began working as an architect. As a young architect, Wegner joined Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller in Århus, working on furniture design for the new Århus city hall in 1940. It was during the same year that Wegner began collaborating with master cabinetmaker, Johannes Hansen, who was a driving force in bringing new furniture design to the Danish public.
Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative and productive. He is often referred to as the master of the chair – having designed more than 500 of them; many of these are considered masterpieces of chair design and continue to be collector’s items around the world.
The famous Shell Chair is sculptural, three-legged and eminently comfortable. The floating form is highlighted by the wing-shaped seat and arching legs. The chair is often given a prominent location so that it can be admired from all sides and is stable even though it only has three legs. Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1963.
36.5″ W x 29″ H x 33″ D, Seat Height: 14″
Available in a variety of finishes in beech, oak or walnut. Seat and back is made from the highest quality form-pressed hardwood laminates. The front legs are made of one piece of continuous laminated wood, the back leg from another. Upholstered in the customer’s choice of leather or fabric.