Hans Wegner Shell Chair 50th Anniversary.

One of my all time favorite pieces of furniture is Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair. While I am usually a fan of keeping things true to the designers original intentions,  I have to hand it to Carl Hansen & Son for teaming up with textile giant Maharam to create a stylish line of upholstery options for the iconic 1963 classic’s 50th anniversary. The pattern choices and color pallets match the mid-century modern design aesthetic, and don’t diminish from the graceful lines of the chair itself.

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“On the occasion of its 50th anniversary and ICFF, the perpetually innovative 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, collaborations with Hella Jongerius and Paul Smith.

20 special Shell Chairs, each with a different Maharam textile and coordinating wood frame, will be on view for a month as part of the Maharam Shell Chair Project starting May 17th at the Carl Hansen & Søn showroom at 304 Hudson Street.”

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