Hans Wegner’s CH07 Lounge Chair via Hive Modern.
Design Hans Wegner, 1963.
Form-pressed plywood, upholstery.
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 its breakthrough. 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. It is elegant as a soloist as well as in groups of 2, 3 or more. In 1999 the chair was given the highest possible grade in The Technological Institute of Denmark’s test program.
29″ h | 32″ d | 36″ w | seat: 15″ h
Recently I discovered Designer Pages which is a great inspiration for designers and manufacturers. There I discovered the site of Portland based chair distributor Hive Modern which is an example of a good website!
About Hive Modern
Hive was founded in 2002 with the idea that Good Design can and should be presented in an inspired, knowledgeable and friendly manner.
From humble beginnings fueled primarily on inspiration, hive has grown to inhabit its own free-standing building in the Pearl District, Portland’s most upscale urban neighborhood. We are proud to be an authorized retailer for Alessi, Artemide, Artifort, Carl Hansen, Cassina, Flos, Kartell, Knoll & Vitra to name just a few. hive has been noted in national magazines such as Dwell, Index, In Style, Lucky and Western Interiors magazines.
We like to think of hivemodern.com, as the web-stop for the savvy design enthusiast…. bringing the rare and unusual plus time-tested icons of design directly to your front door. Our manifesto is really quite simple: to share the joys of Good Design while providing value and excellence in service to our patrons. Whether you simply enjoy browsing the product pages to see what’s new, or dive directly in and order a quantity of Eero Aarnio Ball Chairs, we hope to foster a fun web-based environment where people can delight in Good Design on their own terms.
The More I Blog about chairs, I wish I would have saved my dad’s sawbench chair of Hans Wegner. That had excellent seating and I presume this one has equivalent seating comfort.