Shell Chair FH1936  by Hans Wegner 1948

designed by Hans Wegner
made by Fritz Hansen Eftf

frame beech - seat and back laminated teak veneer

height: 70cm
width: 73cm 
depth: 60 cm
height of seat: 38 cm 

This is a combination of chair types with a relatively conventional frame of legs and stretchers that forms a cradle for a thick curved plywood seat and a well-proportioned and curved back rest that is also in thick plywood.

The side stretchers are shaped and curve down at the ends and the legs stop short of the underside of the seat. This is described by some critics as a cantilevered seat. The use of thicker plywood for the seat means that the normal seat frame can be omitted completely so this is plywood used in a more sophisticated way for more expensive furniture.