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OW149 Colonial Chair

Ole Wanscher, 1949


Ole Wanscher designed the iconic Colonial Chair in 1949 but it wasn't until the mid-1950's that the chair was put in to production by the Danish cabinetmaker, PJ Furniture.  The name of the chair, Colonial, refers to Wanscher's fascination with 17th century English furniture design.  A beautiful easy chair with a simple and refined expression, Colonial is ideal for rooms where lightness and flexibility are desired. 

In 1958, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote that "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."

For a special video on the making of the Colonial Chair, click here

  • Frame in solid oak with oil finish.
  • Seat/back in moulded coal foam with flame retardants upholstered in black leather (SIF 98) or brown leather (SIF 92)
  • 25.6"w 26.8"d 18.1"seat ht 33.5"h 
  • Frame also available in solid oak with soap or white pigmented oil finish, stained in wenge or lacquered in black; solid cherry with oil finish, solid walnut with oil finish or solid mahogony with oil finish or dark mahogany stain.
  • Seat and back also available upholstered in various fabrics and leathers or COM/COL.
  • A coordinating footstool is available in the same variations; OW194F
  • Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son

Many of our products come in additional finishes and sizes. For questions, finish options and custom orders please contact or call 1-877-278-4836 Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm to speak to a design expert for advice and consultation.


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