International Style Icon Turns 50 – Wegner’s Shell Chair Receives Jubilee Honour

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Hans J. Wegner’s most iconic designs – the Shell Chair – Carl Hansen & Son will launch an exclusive jubilee edition of the chair in very limited numbers, with clear links to the original design. 


Wegner’s iconic Shell Chair is turning 50 and an exclusive jubilee edition is to be launched.

Hans J. Wegner set himself the goal of creating the ultimate shell chair. However, it took him years of work and development before the shell chair as we know it today first saw the light of day on 20 September 1963. Thirty five more years passed before the chair achieved the popularity and recognition it enjoys today. This simply emphasises how visionary Wegner’s designs were.

Carl Hansen & Son is now celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Shell Chair by launching an exclusive jubilee edition. The chair will be produced in a limited production run comprising 150 numbered models globally.

Just like the first models 50 years ago, the chair will have a seat and back made of oil-treated teak. The frame will be made of oil-treated oak, and the chair will be upholstered using rare and exclusive red Niger goat hide, which has a very dense structure resulting in extremely strong and durable leather quality.

CH07_Jubi-07Niger goat hide comes from a particular kind of African goat, only bred along the banks of the Niger River. Niger goat hide is recognisable by the visible impression of the spine in the structure of leather, making each skin unique. On the red Niger goat hide this line is also darker in colour. This special characteristic is the hallmark of Niger goat hide, and clearly distinguishes it from other types of leather. Niger goat hide is also vegetable tanned and aniline dyed, preserving each skin’s natural structure and characteristics from its life in nature. The preservation of its natural character gives Niger goat hide its distinctive beauty.

CEO Knud Erik Hansen is delighted the Shell Chair has become one of Hans J. Wegner’s most iconic designs and one of Carl Hansen & Son’s most internationally acclaimed pieces. He comments: “Hans J. Wegner was a truly visionary furniture maker. His design legacy deserves to be celebrated with this tribute to the Shell Chair, and we feel that this unique jubilee edition, with its choice of materials, reflects the enduring nature of his design. It was also important to us to have clear links to the original edition of the chair, which was also made of teak. The special combination of teak, red Niger goat hide and limited production makes the jubilee edition an ideal collector’s item.”

Background to the Shell Chair:
The soft organic curves of Hans J. Wegner’s Shell Chair, also known as CH07, show that Wegner had a unique appreciation of the possibilities and challenges offered to a designer by wood. To give the three-legged chair extra stability Wegner designed the double frame, which gives the chair its dynamic appearance and strengthens the backrest. The chair’s geometrical design makes it a visually strong piece of furniture, which is attractive from all angles.

The advent of laminated and moulded wood as a furniture material in the 1930s made it possible to create the shell chairs as we know them today. Some of the early masters in working with moulded wood were Alvar Alto of Finland and American Charles Eames, from whom Wegner drew much of his inspiration.CH07_Jubi-06

When Wegner designed the shell chair he sought to develop a chair which fulfilled his visionary minimalist ideals, while also being the epitome of comfort. However, it was not until 1963 that the shell chair we know today was launched at the annual Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition. With Wegner’s appreciation of the body’s seated posture, he developed a new type of shell chair with no armrests and a very reclined position, matching the international expression of the day. Wegner manifested this as one of the greatest furniture designers of his day, not just in Denmark, but on the global scene.

The Shell Chair jubilee edition is available with a seat and back made of oil-treated teak and a frame made of oil-treated oak. The chair is made of moulded plywood and upholstered with Niger goat hide. The chair has a seat height of 35 cm, and is 74 cm high, 92 cm wide, and 83 cm deep. The Jubilee edition will be available in selected stores around the world from 20 September 2013. The recommended retail price is £2,820.

Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and our portfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others.
Carl Hansen & Son has 165 employees. Our furniture is produced in Denmark
– and sold all over the world. Find out more at

Designed for Dreaming – Tadao Ando pays tribute to Hans J. Wegner


Tadao Ando and Carl Hansen & Son announce the launch of the Dream Chair. A sculptural lounge chair that represents the encounter between Danish craftsmanship and Japanese design traditions, the Dream Chair pushes the boundaries of crafting with wood – and is Tadao Ando’s tribute to Hans J. Wegner.

The Dream Chair prototype was presented at the furniture exhibition in Milan last year, attracting much attention.

The Dream Chair is the culmination of a close, multi-year collaboration between Japanese star architect Tadao Ando and Carl Hansen & Son. Together, they have created a lounge chair that embodies Tadao Ando’s desire to encourage people to take more time to dream.

Dream-Arken-2013-ikonA tribute to Hans J. Wegner, the Dream Chair seeks to express the same harmonious, minimalist expression typical of Wegner’s design. Tadao Ando explains: “I have been an admirer of Wegner’s craftsmanship for many years. This collaboration with Carl Hansen & Son made it possible for me to create a piece of furniture from the ground up with the help of a team of skilled professionals. This was new to me, as in the past I have been used to only selecting furniture for the buildings I have created over the years.” Like Wegner, Tadao Ando is interested in exploring materials’ possibilities and pushing the boundaries of what is structurally possible.

“Tadao Ando was given free rein for this project. We did not in any way want to limit this creator’s freedom to produce something great and different. The result speaks for itself. This is the work of a master. Together we have challenged – and possibly reached – the limits of what is possible to achieve with plywood. Tadao Ando has succeeded in producing a unique chair that visually and technically challenges our perception of a lounge chair,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

The Dream Chair’s almost floating expression naturally attracts attention. A sculptural work of art in itself, the chair is particularly well suited for larger rooms where it can be seen and enjoyed from all angles. The Dream Chair is, of course, also a comfortable furniture piece that invites relaxed reflection. Tadao Ando adds: “For the development of the Dream Chair, I followed an approach similar to the one I use in architecture. I often use concrete as the only material in order to create unique rooms. In the same way, I only used one material – plywood – for the Dream Chair to define the chair’s space.”

Tadao Ando believes that a product should be made from a single Dream-Arken-2013-l+ªdmaterial, and should be pure, without any environmental impact. He has also succeeded in satisfying his strict requirements for the Dream Chair’s production.

The chair is made of three-dimensional plywood, which has special characteristics that allow it to be curved along two axles during the molding process. Tadao Ando and the cabinetmakers at Carl Hansen & Son pushed the size and curvature of the plywood sheet in order to achieve the necessary characteristics of a chair, attaining a result beyond what was thought to be possible when working with three-dimensional plywood.

The Dream Chair is available in oak or walnut without upholstery, or with fabric or leather upholstery on the front side and an adjustable neck support. Recommended retail prices start from £2,545. The chair will be in stores from September 2013.

Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and our portfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others.
Carl Hansen & Son has 165 employees and production in Denmark.
The furniture is sold all over the world. Find out more at

PH 5 Contemporary – a new distinctive colour range

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Times change and colours change. Light has become an important part of interior design, and contemporary trends are therefore being reflected more and more in lighting.

PH 5 is a design classic. World-famous and more popular than ever. PH 5 enjoyed its 50th anniversary in 2008 and was celebrated in a special campaign: happy colour – happy birthday. These lights are still best sellers around the world and being featured in leading home furnishing magazines

Louis Poulsen is now launching a completely new and different colour range for the design icon – matching contemporary hues and trends. Its ability to adapt to all types of interiors remains unique, but the new colour range makes the role of the lighting in the overall interior design more pronounced. 


The colour combinations range from soft white/rose and rose/green to the more masculine and tough army green/dark grey and dark grey/turquoise. These combinations make the lights an integrated part of the furnishings, without dominating. A special feature of the PH 5 light is the spacers which hold the shades precisely in position. In all new variants these are now finished with a warm bronze colour. PH 5_Rosa_2

All the colour variants have a matt surface giving the distinct design extra softness and making the new model stand apart visually from the PH 50 anniversary edition.

The new colour variants are a good match with contemporary natural materials, various woods, raw concrete, textiles and other accessories. They help create a comfortable and soft atmosphere, and time for reflection, socialising and relaxation.

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It is possible to use several different light sources in the PH 5: incandescent, halogen, energy saving lamps and LED.

The PH 5 in new colours will be available from approved Louis Poulsen shops early fall 2013. The recommended retail price is £495.00

Broste Copenhagen AW 2013 Collection is Inspired by Nature


This season Broste Copenhagen brings you a new dimension to Autumn /Winter with a modern Interior theme.

Inspired by the fresh, modern mood of the North Sea, it reflects a pure colour pallet , clean shapes contrasted with shades of “nude and naturals” and raw materials.

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  • Current mood is less slick and glam – more relaxed and a little bit roughed up
  • Soft crinkled linens which are meant to be used and can look used
  • Mix of thin materials towards thick wool – the more contrast the better
  • Metallics with slate or marble – add a pop of bright colour
  • Graphic patterns
  • Chunky knit, wool, sun bleached, washed, leather, eco, re-luxury, earth colours, fur …







  • Feminine
  • Warm and cosy knit
  • Humbler, more affordable alternatives to reflect the spirit of the age – natural materials and colours
  • Sustainable wood with a raw finish and innovative uses of recyclable cardboard and paper
  • Nudes and naturals combined with earthly tones and gently faded textures
  • Nature never looks less good…
  • Metallic trend – copper