Hans Olsen
House of
Hans Olsen
Hans Olsen
House of
Hans Olsen
Classic Collection · 1955


Lounge chair

SEK 12.499
Cognac leather
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The iconic Balloon lounge chair with its industrial look was the work of the highly acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen, who designed the chair in the 1950s. The design of the lounge chair is raw, playful and embracing, appealing to the senses with exquisite nubuck, teak armrests and a light metal frame. Balloon will lend a touch of cosiness and lounge ambience to any area of the home, either alone or in the company of other furniture, whether modern or classic. The lounge chair does not take up much space, it is lovely to sit in and it will add a touch of sophistication to any living room, family room or study. In terms of craftsmanship, Balloon requires a huge degree of expertise. The nubuck is stretched over the frame and fastened to it at the back with laces – a beautiful detail. While the Balloon lounge chair has a raw, masculine look, there is also something feminine and charming about it.

The architect, Hans Olsen, whose experiments resulted in highly original designer furniture, originally designed the iconic Balloon lounge chair in 1955. Balloon was already popular in its day, and today vintage versions come up for auction all over the world. Like several of Hans Olsen’s designs, the nimble Balloon lounge chair features a playful idiom, uniquely capturing the spirit of the 1950s, when experimentation, courage and skill resulted in world-class furniture. Hans Olsen had an exceptional awareness of line, surface and colour. In his designs he was not afraid to combine classic values with humour. The Balloon chair has been specially selected for the Warm Nordic range as a tribute to iconic Nordic design that invests modern décor with invaluable diversity and depth.


Designer: Hans Olsen
Textile/Leather: Nubuck
Textile/Leather color: Brown
Composition: Nubuck leather
Design Year: 1955
Assembly & Care Instructions: WN_Care_Balloon_Chair_A5.pdf
Colour: Cognac leather
Frame: Black Noir powder coated steel
Armrest: Oiled solid teak
Lightfastness: 5
Seating height in cm: 37
Dimension in cm: W79 x D61 x H68


Hans Olsen’s remarkable designs from the 1950s are vivid examples of the beautiful diversity of Danish Modernism. This Danish architect and industrial designer took on the classic virtues of the Academy of Fine Arts and the great master, Kaare Klint, but opted for a more playful and experimental approach to furniture design. Hans Olsen challenged contemporary production methods and much of his inspiration came from the opportunities offered by moulding wood. A refusal to compromise in terms of comfort, functionality and aesthetics is Hans Olsen’s trademark, and his iconic design attracts just as much attention today as it did back then. After consultation with Hans Olsen’s family, Warm Nordic will uphold the design legacy of this great architect and will regularly launch more House of Hans Olsen uncompromising designs.

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