Colonial Chair

Designed by Ole Wanscher, produced by Carl Hansen & Søn


Item Number: 495


  • Select your Color

Add to cart options

Product Actions

Select Styles for Availability
Item Number: 495

Please make selections

Shipping Info:

Please make selections

Additional Information

Complete the room


Impossibly thin Danish oiled oak combines with handwoven cane and luxurious aniline leather in the Colonial Chair and Footstool (1949) – Ole Wanscher’s most famous and enduring design. Defying gravity through masterful construction, with a compelling material contrast, its name honors the Danish designer’s fascination with English furnishings from the 1700s. A slightly more conservative strand of Danish modern than we see from masters like Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner, Wanscher’s work reflects his scholarly nature: He served as professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (his alma mater) from 1955 to 1973. Designed in 1949, the Colonial wasn’t put into production until the mid-1950s, when Wanscher stumbled on a collaboration with PJ Furniture through Mobilia magazine editor, Gunnar Bratvold. (Carl Hansen & Søn acquired the right to produce the Colonial Chair and Footstool in 2012.) Wanscher gained a good deal of notoriety in Denmark in the ’50s and ’60s. In 1958, the Danish newspaper Politiken declared, “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.” Made in Denmark.

Product Details


Chair: H 35.5" W 25.75" D 27" Seat H 18" Arm H 24.5"


Danish oiled oak; handwoven cane; full-grain, pure aniline, naked leather; polydown cushion filling (50% down, 50% foam).

Shipping Info

View Shipping Options
It is in stock and ready to ship, the message "It is in stock and ready to ship!" That means its on hand in our warehouse and will leave within 48 hours of purchase.

You may also like

Related Products
Eoos is a studio based in Vienna that ...
Eoos is a studio based in Vienna that was founded in 1995 by designers Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann and Harald Gründl. The name is a playful variant of Eous, one of the four chariot horses of sun god Helios, according ...
Similar to his colleagues Hans Wegner or Børge ...
Similar to his colleagues Hans Wegner or Børge Mogensen, Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen trained as a carpenter before attending architecture school. Armed with a deep understanding of the innate characteristics of gorgeous woods and rich leathers, Kofod-Larsen designed several arresting ...
To create his Como Collection (2007), Italian designer ...
To create his Como Collection (2007), Italian designer Giorgio Soressi enlisted one of the most widely respected companies in Italy. Located near Lake Como, this family-run business is still producing best-in-class sofas and chairs for many prestigious retailers to this ...