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Iconic Hans Wegner ‘Flag Halyard’ Lounge Chair Early Edition Model GE225

$38,600

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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 Danish designer Hans Wegner. The name ‘Flag Halyard’ refers to the innovative material that Wegner uses: The rope Wegner selected to create the seat was usually used to lift a flag. Wegner claims that the ‘Flag Halyard’ was designed when he and his family were on summer vacation. He dug a pit in the sand to create the perfect sitting or lying position to still enjoy the surroundings. Here he made the first sketches for this chair. In the very first versions, the frame was colored white. Since Wegner wanted the constructive details to be more visible, he changed the color to dark green, like in this example. The way the frame stands on wood feet, indicates the early edition of the chair since Wegner later on changed this part to be made in plastic. In addition to the attached head cushion, a sheepskin can be put on the seat to create more comfort and warmth. Hans Wegner (1914-2007) is one of the most prolific furniture designers of the world. Wegner's furniture was designed with the greatest understanding of materials, construction techniques and use. Wegner is known to be an excellent cabinet maker with thorough understanding of the materials he worked with, yet his greatest aim was to create expressive and exciting design. Although Wegner was a functionalist, he was not a rational dogmatist such as Kaare Klint, of whom he was a student. Instead, his designs sparkle with inventiveness and sculptural sense. But this never meant that his organic and sensuous forms left the strict rules of functionalism. At heart, Wegner was an idealist. He was relentless in his quest for the best chair: 'there is never one damn thing that cannot be made better'. But Wegner was aware of the fact that you cannot design the 'perfect' chair, which gave him the freedom to produce as much as possible. He left behind more than 3500 drawings and about 500 of his designs went into production. His designs feature in the UN Building and Seagram Building in New York, UNESCO's headquarters. NATO's headquarters in Paris and several buildings by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 41.34 in. (105 cm)Depth: 45.28 in. (115 cm)Seat Height: 12.21 in. (31 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. We guarantee a very high-quality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 501114211stDibs: LU933129245782

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    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Flag Halyard Chair

Designed by Hans J. Wegner
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.
About the Seller
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Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly examines each piece to determine what, if any, work needs to be done. Whether that means new upholstery or a complete restoration, Morentz's aim is always to honor the designer’s intention while fulfilling the wishes of the client. The team is up to any challenge, from restoring a single piece to its original glory to furnishing a large-scale hotel project.

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