What exactly defines a masterpiece? Its design? The materials? Or is it just enough that there’s a little luck for critics to praise it? In either case, it’s important to remember that masterpieces are those that pass all tests: that of time, that of fashion, that of quality, and very especially, that of originality. In this Manhattan Home Design reviews entry we will take into account two of the best-known creations of the Danish Hans Wegner: the Flag Halyard Chair and the Shell chair; two pieces that had everything they needed to become masterpieces and, precisely, in that they became.
The Hans Wegner Flag Halyard chair can give you much more than moments of relax. It’s a chair with a very particular and original aesthetic that, indeed, stands out for being a very different design from those that usually arose from the ingenuity of its author. Wegner has a catalog made up of more than five hundred pieces, (almost all modern-style wooden chairs) that became a benchmark of his time and of which this is one of his most outstanding works.
Beyond the user experience, the chair represents an attractive piece, with a dazzling presence that’s impossible to ignore. At first glance, you’ll realize that it’s much more than a rest chair. In addition, due to the nature of its structure, the Flag Halyard chair is a piece that you can use both indoors and outdoors. It can be your perfect companion in your reading corner, in pleasant hours in front of the television, in your moment of relaxation in the bedroom, and your faithful support during those sunny afternoons on the balcony, in the patio, on the terrace, or in the garden, to enjoy the company of your favorite plants.
Another Piece Ahead of Its Time
On the other hand, the Shell Chair, born from the same mind but with totally different materials, is also one of those chairs that transcended space and time to become globally popular and earn a place of honor on the sales charts. After a long period of absence since its launch due to its poor commercial reception, this piece resurfaced in the market thanks to the furniture company Carl Hansen & Son. This relaunch meant a revaluation of the chair, which allowed it to win over an audience that previously didn’t know about it. The chair was destined to become a classic.
Although one is made of steel and flag halyard and the other of wood, both pieces came from the same source of ingenuity and creativity. They are models that represent an amazing innovation because they didn’t resemble any modern chair archetype nor did they reproduce the typical paradigms of the design world of the time, which was a great advantage and paved the way for the Mid-Century Modern style to continue to be as an avant-garde style that was becoming more and more interesting.
The importance of the Flag Halyard Chair and the Shell chair was so prominent that, even today, they continue to arouse the interest of new generations of users and professional decorators who have recognized in them the value of products with their own identity and an unmistakable modern spirit.