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Flag Halyard Chair

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In its broad form and wealth of hard angles, Hans J. Wegner’s Flag Halyard chair is one of the more visually flamboyant pieces to emerge from the Danish mid-century movement. Legend has it that Wegner (1914–2007) conceptualized the piece in 1950 while on vacation at the beach, molding its seat out of sand and attaching a bit of halyard — rope typically used on sailboats — that he found nearby.

Danish brand Getama picked up the chair for production, an undoubtedly difficult task given the piece’s suspension construction and unusual combination of materials. The original Flag Halyard consists of chrome-plated steel, woven rope, linen and a sheepskin throw; subsequent models incorporate leather cushions. But Wegner, who established his studio in 1943 after graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and working for Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller on furniture for Aarhus City Hall in 1938, was never one to shy away from unconventional material or construction — and an early apprenticeship with master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg instilled in him a devotion to fine details.

Around the same time that Wegner created the Flag Halyard chair, he developed the widely beloved Wishbone chair and an armchair in 1949 commonly known as “The Chair,” which earned him international recognition when it was used in the 1960 U.S. presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Compared to these two seats, the Flag Halyard is a delightfully experimental marriage of material. Today, it’s manufactured by PP Møbler.

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Iconic Hans Wegner ‘Flag Halyard’ Lounge Chair Early Edition Model GE225
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans Wegner, ‘Flag Halyard’ lounge chair model ‘GE225’, rope, dark green lacquered steel, fabric, Denmark, 1950 This iconic chair, made with 250 meters of rope, is designed by the...
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Hans Wegner Early Flag Halyard Chair with Sheepskin
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
An early c. 1950 Flag Halyard chair in very good vintage condition. Hans Wegner conceived this iconic design while lounging at the beach. We added one of our cozy, high loft Californ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Lounge Chair Flag Halyard PP 225 by Hans Wegner New Edition
By Hans J. Wegner, PP Møbler 1
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Flag Halyard chair lounge chair PP 225 new edition. The Flag Halyard Hans Wegner is a tribute to the modernist Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. Wegner seeks in t...
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Early Edition Flag Chair by Hans J. Wegner
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans J. Wegner flag halyard easy chair with original white steel frame and black shoes, orange neck cushion. Designed by Hans J. Wegner, 1950s Early Edition, manufactured by Getama, ...
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