a favorite chair design by Hans Wegner, 1963.
Form-pressed plywood, upholstery. Still made in Denmark by
Carl Hansen & Son.
The Hans Wegner three-legged shell chair was originally introduced in 1963.
A few limited series were produced, but the project soon came to a
stand still. The chair was relaunched in 1997 and after 34 years of
oblivion the chair finally got another break. As a curiosity, it is
worth mentioning that one of the original shell chairs from the 60s
sold for $20,000 at Christies in London in 1999.
Seat and back are made of formpressed plywood shells. The 3 legs
consist of a laminated construction, the 2 front legs are made of one
continuous piece and the hind leg is a separate element. To enhance
the comfort, Wegner has added 2 upholstered cushions which are
fastened to the shell with screws from the back. In spite of its three-legs
it stands well on the floor and does not easily topple over. Although
it is low and does not feature armrests it is easy to get up by seizing the
front edge and pulling oneself up.
current cost for a new one about $ 2000 US or about a gazillion canadian