The VLA26 Vega Chair Finally Has Its Day in the Sun


There’s a great story behind Danish designer Vilhelm Lauritzen’s VLA26 Vega Chair. It was originally designed in 1956 for use at the Vega concert venue (formerly Folkets Hus) in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. In fact, Lauritzen ended up designing nearly the entirety of the Vega’s interior space, including furniture, wood panels, chandeliers, door handles, sockets, and more. It was the project of a lifetime, but it’s the Vega Chair that won’t be left to history.

After its debut, the Vega sadly never went into production to reach a wider audience. That is, until it was reintroduced in 2022 in a collaboration between Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and Carl Hansen & Søn. VLA reached out to the furniture maker a few years prior to Lauritzen’s 100th anniversary in 2022 so that the launch could coincide with the celebration. And now in 2024, the Vega Chair is launching a new iteration with a chrome-plated steel frame.

wood and chrome dining chair with black upholstery

“Until now, these were only produced for the buildings for which they were intended, and we are proud to take part in this celebration by collaborating on the launch of the Vega Chair,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Søn.

stacked wood and chrome dining chairs with black upholstery

Though it may appear delicate at first glance, the Vega chair is durable and stable. Carl Hansen & Søn’s skilled artisans craft with FSC-certified oak, paying the utmost attention to detail, right down to a hand polishing that leaves no transitions visible to the naked eye. Lightweight and stackable in groups of up to eight chairs, the Vega’s new chrome-plated steel frame adds a moment of contrast against the wood grain and upholstery.

detail of stacked wood and chrome dining chairs with black upholstery

The finished chair includes some noteworthy details, from the gently curved backrest that is Vega’s hallmark to its legs capped with solid oak feet. As the chair’s legacy continues to be built upon and appreciated, it’s ready to be put to use in residential, hospitality, and public spaces around the world.

“We expect to present more furniture together in the future,” Hansen said of collaborating with VLA. “We are honored to be given the opportunity to launch these entirely unique pieces of furniture.”

wood and chrome dining chairs with turquoise upholstery around a dining table

wood and chrome dining chairs with turquoise upholstery around a dining table

wood and chrome dining chair with turquoise upholstery at a dining table

wood and chrome dining chair with cream upholstery

wood and chrome dining chair with cream upholstery

wood and chrome dining chair with cream upholstery

wood and chrome dining chair

wood and chrome dining chair

wood and chrome dining chair

To learn more about the VLA26 Vega Chair with a chrome-plated steel frame, visit carlhansen.com.



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