Fritz Hansen furniture - design that conquers the world
Furniture by Fritz Hansen is traditionally created by great architects and designers and is, of course, at its time part of the leading architecture in the whole world. They are a natural facet of the image of international companies and the identity of modern city dwellers.
The history that led to this standing is just as unique as the furniture that makes up this history. It begins with a visionary master carpenter from the province, whose name today embodies a formative design philosophy. A philosophy that continues to inspire leading architects and designers around the world after more than 140 years. Fritz Hansen came to Copenhagen in 1872, founded his first joinery and made a name for himself with his own range of furniture until 1885.
Generation change and growing internationality
At the turn of the century, the founder handed the reins over to his son Christian E. Hansen, who was able to rapidly expand the company's reputation with prestigious contracts (including for the Danish royal family). An order for the Copenhagen City Hall led to the first collaboration with an architect.
After the company switched to the industrial production of its furniture in the 20. Century, it soon began to orient itself internationally with the arrival of its sons Christian Hansen. The first steel furniture in Denmark, for example, found recognition in New York, but not on the domestic market.
Design classics by Fritz Hansen from the pen of Arne Jacobsen and other greats of the design world
From the thirties onwards, the now legendary Arne Jacobsen worked for Fritz Hansen. However, his star did not shine until 1952, when he recognized the potential of the gluing techniques developed to perfection by the company's founder grandson Sören Hansen. At the beginning there is the "ant" , a chair that is still the best-selling chair in the company's history. Jacobsen later designed the egg chair and the swan chair for his own modernist masterpiece, the Royal Hotel in the heart of Copenhagen. Today, both chairs are international and timeless style icons. His Oxford chair is the epitome of Fritz Hansen's design and embodies originality, simplicity and lightness as well as sculptural qualities.
Other design greats such as Paul Kjaerholm , the "Entfant Terrible" Verner Panton and the great architect Henning Larsen shaped the history of Fritz Hansen from the fifties onwards. Fritz Hansen was founded to take account of the international orientation and the opening for international designers and architects. The company is based on a design philosophy that is timeless and time relevant, simple, original and sculptural.
The design philosophy has since been continued by young talented and already successful Danish designers and international stars such as Kasper Salto , Morten Voss or the German Jehs & Laub . The success story of Fritz Hansen continues to this day.
Lightyears, a lighting company based in Denmark, has been part of Fritz Hansen since 2015. Working closely with internationally renowned designers and architects, Lightyears develops and manufactures high-quality, modern luminaires that combine tradition and innovation, continuing the proud tradition of exquisite craftsmanship, quality and timeless design.
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