The Shell Chair Project

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary and International Contemporary Furniture Fair, 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, and collaborations with Hella Jongerius and Paul Smith.

Twenty 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. After that, the collection will be available for sale to consumers and the A&D community through authorized dealers.

The Shell Chair has long been viewed as one of Hans J. Wegner’s strongest designs. It first saw the light of day in 1963, but it took 35 years before it enjoyed its popular breakthrough and received numerous design awards. Through its unique silhouette and superior comfort, Wegner demonstrated that he had truly achieved what he had set out to do: create the ideal shell chair.

Hans J. Wegner is regarded as one of the pioneering founders of Danish modernism and minimalist furniture design. With his enduring love of good craftsmanship and constant pursuit of minimalist expression, Wegner paved the way for a new generation of furniture designers.

His iconic furniture, such as the Wishbone Chair and Shell Chair, has repeatedly demonstrated that thought-through design never goes out of fashion. Wegner received many design awards, and his works have been displayed at MoMA, New York as well as other exhibition venues. Wegner died in January 2007.