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Colonial Chair OW149

design Ole Wanscher, 1949

The Colonial Armchair OW149 is a beautiful and well crafted chair with a simple and refined expression. The Colonial Chair OW149 is very stable and has an outstanding finish. The seat is made of hand woven cane. The OW149 Armchair and the OW149-F Ottoman are ideal for rooms where flexibility and lightness are desired. Upholstered in fabric or leather on request. Turnable in fabric.

Ole Wanscher (1903-1985) was a leading figure in the Scandinavian design movement. The qualities inherent in Ole Wanscher's furniture designs began to receive widespread international attention in the early 1990s. Today, all Ole Wanscher's pieces are desirable collector's items for enthusiasts around the world. His furniture exudes underplayed elegance and is it timeless, classic and thoroughly modern at one and the same time.

Chair OW149 W65 x D68 x H85 cm – seat height 46 cm – armrests height 62.2 cm

Ottoman OW149-F W60 x D40 x H46 cm

Free Samples (against deposit)
95 €

leather Sif - 95

OW149 Colonial Armchair
white oiled oak
leather Sif 95

2835.60 €

OW149-F Colonial Ottoman
white oiled oak
leather Sif 95

1486.80 €

leather Sif - 98

OW149 Colonial Armchair
white oiled oak
leather Sif 98

2835.60 €

OW149-F Colonial Ottoman
white oiled oak
leather Sif 98

1486.80 €

leather Sif - 98

OW149 Colonial Armchair
oiled walnut
leather Sif 98

3458.40 €

OW149-F Colonial Ottoman
oiled walnut
leather Sif 98

1623.60 €

OW149 Colonial Armchair
noyer huilé
cuir Thor 306

3139,20 €

leather Thor - 306

customize your Colonial Armchair OW149

Customize your OW149 armchair
from 2011.20 € 

Customize your OW149-F ottoman
from 1152 € 

Woods

To know more about the woods, their finishes and care instructions, please visit this page.

soaped oak

white oiled oak

oiled oak

clear lacquered oak

black painted oak
(wood grain visible)

oiled walnut

clear lacquered walnut

Fabrics et leathers

The Colonial chair is available in the full range of fabrics, as well as in Loke, Thor and Sif leathers.

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See the other elements of the Colonial collection 

Ole Wanscher

Ole Wanscher (1903-1985) was integral to the core aesthetic and functionality of modern Danish design. He studied under Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and later worked at Klint’s design studio before becoming an independent furniture designer. He helped shape Danish furniture design as a designer and as an educator when he took over Klint’s professorship at the Academy.

Wanscher’s classic and contemporary designs made him popular.  In 1958, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: “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”. Today, his modern classics are still revered for their detail and his deep respect for materials.

While traveling through Egypt and Europe, Wanscher studied furniture design, finding inspiration in varied visual expressions that he incorporated into his own unique design aesthetic. He viewed furniture design as a branch of architecture and emphasized slim dimensions and resilient forms – a quest exemplified in many of his works, particularly the Colonial Chair and Colonial Sofa.

Wanscher created his best-known designs primarily between the late 1940s and early 1960s, in the post-war era when the “design for everyone” philosophy emerged. In Denmark, some of design’s biggest names created functional and affordable furniture for the Danish people and the small spaces they lived in. Wanscher took great interest in industrially produced yet high-quality furniture, designing several successful pieces.

Wanscher’s design earned him numerous accolades, including the Copenhagen Carpenters’ Guild Annual Award and the gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960 – honors that underscored Wanscher’s esteemed reputation both in Denmark and internationally.