Founded by a carpenter with the same name in Denmark in 1872, Fritz Hansen is a long-established design brand that has realized visionary concepts with prominent international designers. Bringing together a timeless collection, world-renowned classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories, Fritz Hansen is a global exquisite company with a long history.
Since its foundation, Fritz Hansen has become a natural part of the history of design both in Denmark and around the world. Fritz Hansen’s history stands out with perfect craftsmanship, unique designs and high quality. Notable architects and furniture designers from around the world have regularly contributed to the collection of beautifully shaped and functional furniture with innovative techniques and new materials. Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Kasper Salto, and Cecilie Manz are only a few of these names.
Fritz Hansen believes that a single furniture can make a room, a building, or the mind of a person living or working in that space beautiful. Aiming to design beautiful furniture without making any compromises on comfort, Fritz Hansen’s purpose is to become a niche design, luxury and lifestyle brand.
Fritz Hansen currently employs 175 people around the world and successfully maintains its existence in the market with a turnover of nearly 63 million Euros. Fritz Hansen has showrooms in Denmark and other countries, 17 concept stores in 29 countries on four continents, and 115 brand partners.
Born in 1929, Poul Kjærholm earned himself a place at the heart of the world of international furniture design with the prominent works created as an architect and a teacher. Rooted in the long-established tradition of crafts in Denmark, the designer brought together modern forms and quality materials. Largely influenced by the German Bauhaus school and the Dutch De Stijl movement, Kjærholm’s works were also inspired by famous designers Gerrit Rietveld, Mies van der Rohe, and Charles Eames.
Mainly known for his modern steel, leather and glass furniture, Kjærholm completed his training as a carpenter in Hjørring, Denmark in 1949, graduated the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1952, and soon returned to give lectures. In 1955, he became a lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and, in 1976, he was assigned as a professor after Ole Wanscher. Kjærholm stayed here until his death in 1980.
Kjærholm’s furniture are represented in a series of international museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His works received numerous prizes including Lunning Award in 1958, Eckersbergs Medal in 1960, and ID Awards.