Massive Paisley Shell Chair
Massive Paisley is a fresh take on a traditional pattern. Like many paisleys before it, Massive Paisley is distinguished by intricate patterning; the dense weave structure allows for a purity of color, creating a mosaic-like, multicolor effect.
A walnut lacquer seat and frame were used with the Massive Paisley Shell Chair, but all woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Maharam Massive Paisley
Layers Park Double
Layers Park Double by Hella Jongerius is a double-layer fabric consisting of three embroidered patterns that recall various landscapes: Layers Garden, Layers Park and Layers Vineyard. Wool felt, the foundation of Layers, provides a neutral textural complement to the intricate needlework of the single layer variations. Hand cutting lends a distinct artisanal character to the double-layer versions, creating windows of pattern that reveal an underlayer of either tonal or contrasting wool felt. Layers has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This intricate fabric builds on Dutch-born Hella Jongerius’s fascination with the manipulation of traditional manufacturing methods. After extensive prototyping involving a range of woven and non-woven materials, Jongerius and the Maharam Design Studio conceived a method to bind multiple layers of wool felt with embroidery.
Carl Hansen & Son matched Double Layer with a beech frame that is painted a rich orange. All woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Layers Park by Hella Jongerius
Maharam Ditto Shell
The Ditto by Maharam is a floral pattern like no other. It combines organic and geometric forms in a bleach-cleanable construction. A simple four-leaf clover morphs to create new shapes while fluid line work is riveted by a grid of diamond accents.
Carl Hansen & Son matched this iron color of Ditto with a black-painted beech frame. All woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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The pixelated pattern of the Disperse fabric by Maharam creates a kinetic surface of varying density, which gives this chair its rich appearance.
The Disperse Shell Chair comes with ash frame in a lacquer finish. All woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Disperse fabric by Maharam
Design 9297 by Josef Hoffman
Created by Josef Hoffmann in 1913, Design 9297 was never manufactured and retains the name assigned to it in the mill archive. Although the original trial sample from 1913 was created with a tapestry construction, the re-edition is rendered in a satin weave; this change in construction creates an elegant sheen and purity of color that further highlights the strikingly modern and graphic nature of the design.
Josef Hoffmann was one of the founders of the Wiener Werkstätte and a proponent of the Gesamtkunstwerk. A gifted and prolific designer of architecture, furniture, utensils, clothing, posters, textiles, and wallpaper, Hoffmann was convinced of the social and spiritual benefits of harmonious living environments designed by a single creative mind. Around 1900, Hoffmann developed the geometrically refined signature style that he incorporated in designs for silver, furniture, carpets, linens, and lamps, as well as the offset pattern of Design 9297.
Carl Hansen & Son chose a oil-treated walnut frame to match the peacock colorway. All woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Design 9297 by Josef Hoffmann, 1913
Cobblestone Shell Chair
Cobblestone is a traditional homespun weave that has an irregular checker pattern. Maharam has created a hand-woven feel by varying yarn weights of this subtle and classy fabric.
Carl Hansen & Son matches this lighter fabric with a white oil oak frame to stick with its subtle style. All woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Maharam Cobblestone fabric detail
Centric Shell Chair
The fabric for the Maharam Centric is a new take on a traditional decorative pattern. It was designed by Canadian graphic artist Marian Bantjes, who is known for precise, detailed, and obsessive handwork along with innovative patterning and ornamentation.
The Splendor color of Centric takes its inspiration from the mandala, a radial cosmic diagram that appears in sacred Buddhist and Hindu art. Bantjes’ treatment is fluid, as though the pattern was rendered in wet ink; a subtle metallic luster accentuates this effect, giving Centric a dynamic quality.
Carl Hansen & Son chose a white-painted beech frame for the Centric Chair. However, all woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Centric fabric detail
Borders Shell Chair
The charcoal Borders Fabric used on this Maharam Shell Chair was designed by Hella Jongerius, a Dutch industrial designer who works from her Berlin-based studio, Jongeriuslab. Borders is inspired by Jongerius’s interest in the traditional backstrap weaving of Guatemala and Mexico. Because backstrap weaving produces a narrow cloth, two or more pieces are often hand-embroidered together using a heavy decorative stitch.
Borders is an industrial translation of this localized craft technique. The embroidered lines that traverse Borders’ surface are archetypal motifs culled from different genres, including a botanical, a dotted line, and pied de poule, forming an irregular grid of unique compositions. Large open areas in the design called for a ground cloth with surface interest. Heathered yarns add texture throughout a dry, toothy wool canvas. The four wool colors—in natural, greige, charcoal, and walnut—provide a neutral base for the embroidered expression of Jongerius’ unique color sensibility, including combinations of nude and crimson, pale yellow with eggshell blue, marigold and turquoise, and tangerine with hazard orange.
Carl Hansen & Son recommends the oak lacquer frame to accentuate the Borders Chair. However, all woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Borders fabric detail. Click to enlarge.
Maharam Shell Chair – Alpine Stripe
Alpine Stripe was designed by Sonnhild Kestler, a textile designer and hand screen printer working in Zurich. This fabric is part of Maharam’s continuing exploration into modern iterations of traditional patterns.
Alpine Stripe reinvents typical Alpine motifs through the use of vibrant color and bold composition. It is densely constructed of fine cotton yarn for incomparable color saturation and graphic clarity.
Carl Hansen & Son has paired this beautiful fabric with a walnut / lacquer frame to bring out the vibrant colors and textures. However, all woods and finishes available upon request.
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Alpine Stripe: fabric detail – source: Maharam
Carl Hansen & Son has teamed up with US textile leader Maharam to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wegner Shell Chair, creating 20 brand new editions of the CH07 that will be available on Danish Design Store starting September 1.
We’re doing are part to honor the Maharam Edition: during the month of September we will create 20 unique posts that shed light on each fabric and wood combination.
So come back often to learn about the Maharam Shell Chair!
First post: September 2 – Alpine Stripe
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