cane seat on the Colonial Chair by Ole Wanscher



The Colonial Chair was designed by Ole Wanscher in 1949 and was made by the cabinetmaker P Jeppesen. The chair has leather cushions that are supported across the back by very thin slats that were inspired by Shaker chairs made in the United States from the middle of the 19th century. However, the seat is cane woven over a simple frame that drops down onto battens on the inner bottom edge of the seat rails.

There is a relatively-simple grid or open basket weave pattern, rather than the traditional honeycomb formed by canes taken across the seat diagonally as the cane work is simply support for the cushion.

The chair is amazingly light with the frame reduced to the thinnest dimensions possible.


For a longer post on the Colonial Chair