‘The Flag Halyard Chair’ designed by Hans J. Wegner for Getama,
Lacquered steel frame, wooden "shoes”, sheepskin, textile and chromed steel top with flag halyard.
Provenance: From a private Swedish collection.
Exhibition: Model presented at The Arts & Crafts Spring Exhibition at Designmuseum Denmark in 1950.
The ‘Flag Halyard Chair’ was designed by the esteemed Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner in 1950 and produced by the company Getama. It is among the most celebrated mid-century modern designs.
The defining characteristic of the ‘Flag Halyard Chair’ lies in its seat and back, which are made up of skillfully handwoven halyard rope – a strong material used in sailing. The chair's frame is constructed from sturdy steel, ensuring longevity and also offering a sleek aesthetic. With its low-slung profile and dynamic lines, ‘Flag Halyard Chair’ represents the era's dedication to simplicity and the integration of form and function. The width of the chair, along with an elegant head cushion and removable sheepskin, offers a comfortable seating experience.
Wegner first had the idea for this chair on a hot afternoon at the beach in Denmark, digging himself a comfortable seat into the sand. After returning to the summer house, he made the first sketches for the ‘Flag Halyard Chair’.
Hans J. Wegner (1914 – 2007) is regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern design. With his ability to combine functionality, form, and exquisite craftsmanship, Wegner's creations embody a harmonious blend of practicality and elegance. Clean lines, organic shapes, and an unwavering commitment to simplicity characterise his designs.
H: 81 cm / 2' 8''
W: 104 cm/ 3' 5 1/2''
D: 112 cm/ 3' 8 5/8''
SH: 28 cm / 11''
“Dansk Kunsthåndværk”, no. 5, 1950, ill. p. 86.
“Noritsugu Oda: Danish Chairs”, 1999, ill. p. 112.
Price: on application