OW149 | Colonial Chair

This variant: Leather Thor 301
By Ole Wanscher

Ole Wanscher’s OW149 Colonial Chair combines contrasting forms and materials to create a refined and luxurious whole. This stylish chair is his most famous furniture work and a true pleasure to experience.


This variant: Leather Thor 301

By Ole Wanscher

Ole Wanscher’s OW149 Colonial Chair combines contrasting forms and materials to create a refined and luxurious whole. This stylish chair is his most famous furniture work and a true pleasure to experience.

A modern design with historical roots

The OW149 Colonial Chair was designed by Ole Wanscher in 1949. Wanscher wished to create furniture that paid tribute to classic conservative trends but also stood the test of time. He achieved this balance with the design of the Colonial Chair, and it remains his most famous design to this day. As a minimalist, Wanscher had a preference for the slim and refined. Yet despite its slender dimensions, the Colonial Chair is very stable. Its strength lying in the carefully designed bracing. The design’s sophisticated, slightly curved armrests rise to a point before taking a turn downward – a trademark Wanscher feature. The front and back legs are made of roundwood timber, with the back legs curving gently outward for added stability and a more refined result. Fifteen years later, Wanscher would design the matching Colonial Sofa and Colonial Coffee Table, creating the Colonial Series. The Colonial Chair is available with the matching OW149F footstool for added comfort.
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Ole Wanscher

Designer
Ole Wanscher was integral to the aesthetic and functionality of modern Danish design. Having studied under Kaare Klint, he helped shape Danish furniture design as a designer and as an educator when he took over Klint’s professorship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Wanscher’s classic and contemporary designs made him popular. In 1958, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: “Owning a Wanscher chair is an adventure every day, and will be so even several hundred years from now, for this is how long it lasts”.
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Materials

Downloads

OW149 3D Drawings | ZIP
OW149 Revit files | ZIP
OW149 2D Drawings | ZIP

Danish design

Authentic experience

5 years warranty

When you choose a Carl Hansen & Søn product, you gain more than just a piece of furniture. You become part of a proud tradition of distinctive and beautiful craftsmanship, where nothing has been left to chance. The world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, we also produce works by renowned design masters such as Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Ole Wanscher, Kaare Klint, Poul Kjærholm, Mogens Koch, Bodil Kjær and Tadao Ando. Carl Hansen & Søn represents over 100 years of Danish design history and our furniture is sold all over the world.  

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