Founded in 1872 Fritz Hansen has become a world famous brand established by a family of Danish cabinetmakers. They revolutionized the Danish furniture industry, and created world famous designs.
Fritz Hansen was pioneering in two aspects, in their readiness to employ new radical designers and their experimentation with new materials and manufacturing techniques.
Great designers such as Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Ole Wanscher, Poul Kjaerholm, Kaare Klint, Fleming Lassen, Verner Panton, Arne Vodder, Borge Mogensen but to name a few have worked for Fritz Hansen, a policy they continue to this day.
1934 was the year when they started to collaborate with cutting edge designers, Kaare Klint and famously Arne Jacobsen who worked with the company till his death in 1971.
Also in the 1930’s they pioneered the steam bending of beech, steam bent laminate furniture becoming their trademark.
In the 1940’s notable creations were the China chair (1944) and Shell chair (1948) both by Hans Wegner, the latter showing the technique of steam bending to beautiful effect.
But it was the 1950’s when Fritz Hansen gained worldwide recognition for its work, especially that of Arne Jacobsen. The laminated techniques they pioneered enabled Arne Jacobsen to develop the Ant chair in 1952, a stackable chair that was the first of its kind.
A further development of this chair led to the Series 7 chair of 1955. A true icon of modern design that has become Fritz Hansen’s most sold chair.
Fritz Hansen succeeded in merging good craftsmanship with the best in modern industrial manufacturing processes, always with an emphasis on good design.
Without their patronage some of the 20th century’s most creative designers would have struggled to make an impact.
Please see the pair of series 7 armchairs by Arne Jacobsen I have for sale.