Carl Hansen and Jim Thompson collaborate on Wegner classic

Richness of colors and minimal forms come together in perfect harmony in Wegner's Shell Chair in exclusive silks

Carl Hansen & Son is adding a new chapter to the story of Hans J. Wegner’s three-legged Shell Chair, which, with its elegant, wing-shaped seat, stands out as an iconic work by the greatest of chair designers.

The chair – which was created and launched in 1963 and remains a symbol of the Scandinavian design idiom – takes on a whole new expression in this exceptional offering finished in handwoven silk textiles from Jim Thompson Fabrics.

Meeting of visionaries
The collaboration between Carl Hansen & Son and the legendary Jim Thompson Fabrics, whose founder Jim Thompson revitalized Thai silk production in the early 1950s and laid the foundation for a world-famous textiles brand, is a meeting between two visionary and dedicated design companies, each working with its own materials and setting new standards for quality and craftsmanship.

The idea of upholstering Wegner’s Shell Chair with handwoven silk felt completely natural for Carl Hansen & Son’s CEO, Knud Erik Hansen.

- The collaboration between Carl Hansen & Son and Jim Thompson is in many ways quite organic. We share values and have the same high demands for sustainability, craftsmanship and design. Our shared ideals and individual strong cultures form a natural foundation for adding new dimensions to each other’s products, Knud Erik Hansen explains.

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Unique jewel-toned color themes
Carl Hansen & Son has selected 16 different textiles from Jim Thompson and compiled them into four distinct jewel-toned color themes – Red Coral, Blue Sapphire, Golden Citrine and Green Jade – each comprising four distinctly colored fabrics whose varied structures produce unique textures. The expressive colors of the handwoven silks and the pattern universe offer new possibilities for creating a unique Shell Chair.

Any of the 16 Jim Thompson textiles can be combined with a Shell Chair frame in various wood types and finishes: oak with a white oil or smoked finish, walnut with an oil finish, or painted beech in Anthracite Gray, Grass Green, Purple Blue, Berry Red and Vanilla White. The textiles’ expressive color palette and the extensive range of frame options provide optimal opportunities to design a very personal Shell Chair.

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- The structure of the handwoven silks perfectly suits the smooth and beautiful finish of our furniture, says Knud Erik Hansen.

- At the same time, silk is a unique organic material that reflects light and colors and radiates a very distinctive elegance. The color saturation is in a class of its own, and it is precisely this intensity that has captured our imagination. The elegant textiles add new dimensions to the Shell Chair without compromising on Wegner’s vision and timeless design idiom.

Renowned for silk
Jim Thompson Fabrics is the world’s largest manufacturer of handwoven textiles and is particularly renowned for its silks, which continue to be produced in Thailand.

The company was established by the designer and architect Jim Thompson, who, in the middle of the 20th century, decided to breathe new life into traditional Thai production of handwoven silk. He organized a network of weavers and upgraded their techniques and design, creating the unique look and the very special gemstone-inspired color universe synonymous with the brand.

The first store opened in Bangkok in 1950, and since then, Jim Thompson’s elegant silk textiles have found their way to the major cities of the world. The company is represented in several high-end contexts, from haute couture to the interior design of the London Savoy Hotel – as well as the restoration of the Canaletto Room at Windsor Castle.

The CH07 Shell Chair with silk textiles from Jim Thompson will be available from November 1 to December 31 2017.

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