The Flag Halyard Chair: The Unexpected Idea of a Genius
Sometimes it’s amazing how inspiration can surprise us; even in the least expected places and times. In the year 1949 Hans Wegner was on the beach with his family, enjoying a summer vacation, playing and burying himself in the sand, when a sensational idea landed in his mind. When he dug a hole in the sand and found the perfect angle to enjoy the sea breeze, he immediately decided that he would turn that angle into a modern chair model, specifically what we know today as the Flag Halyard Chair, one of the most iconic pieces of the Mid-Century Modern style.
Essentially, the Hans Wegner Flag Halyard Chair is a stainless steel frame wrapped in a rope; the same type of rope used for flagpoles. The way in which said rope is “woven” throughout the length and width of the piece is what gives support to its seat and back. The complement of the sheepskin cover and the high-quality leather upholstered headrest pillow gave it the ultimate modernist touch.
The design was introduced to the market in 1950 during an exhibition at the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen. Initially, however, it received mixed reviews, with some saying it was “well outside the usual standards”. However, over time, its prestige grew, as more and more people became interested in it and even professional models asked to be photographed sitting on the piece.
The Flag Halyard Chair could be the piece from this Dane that your floor plan is missing. It’s the kind of seat you could spend a lot of time in and at the same time can give your surroundings the legendary touch you’re needing.