Shell bench designed by Hans Olsen, made by N. A. Jorgensen in Denmark. It features a curved back with armrests, oak frame, laminated bent wood, and new upholstery. A very early design circa 1950's.
Hans Olsen, industrial designer and architect, conducted extensive experiments in his quest to come up with original furniture designs. Olsen was born in Denmark in 1919. He began his career as a cabinetmaker. At the age of thirty, he decided to attend the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art (Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi), where he studied architecture under esteemed architect-designer Kaare Klint (1888-1954) from 1941 to 1943. Under Klint’s instruction, Olsen focused on principles of ergonomics and anthropometry (the study of human body measurements), while cultivating his expertise in materials and traditional craftsmanship. The shell chair is one of his iconic designs (1955).
CREATOR Hans Olsen
MANUFACTURER Bramin Møbel (N.A. Jørgensen)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES bent plywood, oak, upholstery
CONDITION Very Good, Lightly restored, New Upholstery
DIMENSIONS H 31” W 47” D 22.75” Seat: H 18.5" D 18.625". Arm height 26.25"