Scandinavia Design

OW150 Colonial Daybed
Carl Hansen & Søn
Ole Wanscher, 1950

Espace Client

The OW150 Colonial Daybed is a timeless and elegant daybed with simple forms finished to the very highest standards. The seat is made of hand-woven stretched cotton webbing attached to a wooden frame. Available upholstered in fabric or leather.

 Available in soaped, oiled, smoked oiled and white oiled oak.

Dimensions 180 x 70 x H46 cm
Neck cushion optional

Daybed OW150 (mattress included)

Neck cushion

Soaped oak + fabric Re-Wool 108 (price group 2)

Soaped oak + fabric Re-Wool 648 (price group 2)

Soaped oak + fabric Re-Wool 858 price group 2)

Soaped oak + fabric Re-Wool 218 (price group 2)

Soaped oak + fabric Re-Wool 828 (price group 2)

Smoked oiled oak + fabric Re-Wool 218 (price group 2)

Oiled walnut + leather Sif 93

Oiled walnut + leather Sif 90

Soaped oak + fabric Hallingdal 694 (price group 3)

Smoked oiled oak + leather Thor 307

White oiled oak + leather Thor 301

Oiled oak + leather Sif 95

Free Wood / Upholstery samples (against deposit)

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.