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60 Years After Its Debut, the Hanging Egg Chair Still Beguiles
When Danish designer Nanna Ditzel created her Hanging Egg Chair in 1959, noway she could have envisioned the influence it would have on future generations. Or maybe she could. The innovative shape sculpted from woven rattan spoke to the tenets of modern Scandinavian design, but it was translated by Ditzel in her own unique way with organic, soft, and feminine lines and the use of natural materials. The award-winning Dane, a graduate of the prestigious Design School of Copenhagen, eschewed traditional design concepts and embraced experimentation.

After cruising through the recent High Point Market and a few online websites, we’ve concluded that the now-iconic Hanging Egg Chair has seemingly spawned a limitless assortment of current-day adaptations. Simply appealing.
Both a sculptural conversation piece and a cozy spot to unwind, the Hanging Egg Chair from Sika Design is based on the original 1959 design from Nanna Ditzel. For indoor use, it’s made of sustainable, durable rattan. For outdoor use, Sika offers a version using their signature AluRattan™, making it ultra-durable. Both versions are available in black or natural. From Sika’s Icons Collection, which revitalizes iconic pieces of furniture from some of Europe's most important architects and designers.
We’re not the only ones charmed. Naples, Florida-based designer Lisa Kahn from Lisa Kahn Designs , a specialist at creating a sense of sanctuary in the spaces she devises, finds these hanging chairs the perfect prescription for rooms in need of natural materials and a cozy nook to snuggle up in. “They look so inviting! They tend to say  C’mon in and sit in me!“ says Kahn in explaining their allure. “You feel contained in them–they’re an invitation to relax in your own special sanctuary. Plus, they just feel good!” Their very design encourages a sense of solitude and peaceful separation, even in a larger space.

Dare we say it is egg-actly what we need?

P.S. We have to admit we’re obsessed by the amazing Nanna Ditzel. You can learn more about her and her husband, Jorgen, at Copenhagen-based Nanna Ditzel Design.
Whether the projects you’re designing are residential or commercial, the distinctive design of the Heri Hanging Chair from Skyline Design may make it the perfect fit. Added bonus: We can vouch that it’s comfortable too. Constructed of high-quality woven all-weather wicker made of recyclable synthetic fibers and a recycled aluminum frame means the Heri will last from season to season, with zero maintenance. It’s also available in black. Outdoor cushions feature quick dry "flow-thru" design and a grippy mesh bottom. Covers are available in a full range of Sunbrella fabrics (or customer’s own material for a custom look). 
1. Just hang out! The Moze Indoor Swing Chair by goop, a CB2 exclusive, could be your go-to spot to hide away. Hand woven navy and white rope intertwined on a metal frame with brown leather accents is topped off with an ultra-comfy cushion.

2. The sculptural Luna Hanging Chair , inspired by a Scandinavian design from the 1960s, is handmade of bent rattan with a scooped seat that cradles as you float. From Serena and Lily.

3. Someone hatched a great idea! The Nest Hanging Chair from Artesia, with its striking rattan silhouette, is the perfect spot to curl up with a good book (or a cocktail).

4. Another High Point find: The rattan Cohanga Hanging Chair in white from Selamat’s Justina Blakeney collection maybe the ideal eclectic touch for a cozy indoors corner.

5. One gentle push and the  SunVilla Hanging Egg Chair  will peacefully sway as you float away in your own private sanctuary. This stylish grey hand-woven wicker chair from Amazon even has two side pockets for keeping journals, favorite books or light blankets close by.

6. Think cuddling up with the kiddos. The Wargo Double Swing Chair by Bungalow Rose comes with its stand and comfy cushion. Available at Wayfair.

7. Gently swing in the breeze. Whether your style is contemporary or mid-century modern, the Zolo Hanging Rattan Lounge Chair from Overstock with its 360-degree motion and plush cushions is a joy to experience.

8. and 9. No doubt about it. Award-winning furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue is a master of functional art. The eye-catching Dragnet Swing & Hanging Lounge Chair features fabric twisted and wrapped around a stainless-steel frame. It comes in bold red or black with versions for indoor or outdoor use. (Check Mr.Cobonpue out. His brand’s roster of clientele includes Hollywood celebrities and members of royalty. This is one talented guy.)
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