Carl Hansen, the founder of the brand Carl Hansen & Søn, founded his first furniture atelier in Odense, Denmark in 1908. In its early years, the atelier worked by commission to make big sets like dining room and bedroom. When its works were praised for their high quality, the company started to grow and to individually manufacture the popular pieces from the sets. Its blend of handcraft and mass production became the company’s idiosyncratic feature.
In the mid-1940s, Carl Hansen & Søn collaborated with Danish architect Frits henningsen. During this time, the notable architect designed the iconic “Windsor” chair which the brand continued to sell until 2003. In the late 1940s, designer Hans J. Wegner became one of the brand’s designers. Wegner’s designs soon gained popularity in and outside Denmark and contributed to the brand’s growth. Today, the brand Carl Hansen & Søn is the biggest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner.
Carl Hansen & Søn continues to find new designers and start new collaborations. The designer duo Strand & Hvass, Thomas Bo Kastholm and famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando are among the names the brand has collaborated with. The company hired its famous Danish joiner Rud Rasmussen in 2011 and another famous furniture manufacturer P.J. Furniture in 2012.
Architect, designer and professor Bodil Kjær grew up in Denmark but traveled to London, New York and Washington D.C. to study and work. With a satisfying resumé, the designer has worked with many notable names from the world of architecture and design including Danish architect Arne Jacobsen and American designer Paul McCobb throughout her career. In addition to collaborating with prestigious names, she also made a name for herself in the design world and is regarded as a prominent name of her generation. Approaching design with a problem-solving mindset, the designer aims to create solutions for “functional, aesthetic, and economic challenges,” to borrow her words.