The Fritz Hansen Story
In 1872, a young cabinet maker named Fritz Hansen obtained his trade license in Copenhagen, Denmark. He transitioned into furniture making in 1885, and the rest, as they say, is history. The company innovated furniture production by steam-bending beechwood, using laminates and bending steel, all the while employing the pure, light lines that have become the hallmark of modern Scandinavian design.
From the 19th century through today, Fritz Hansen has allowed many notable designers to see their cutting-edge creations realized with signature Fritz Hansen quality and craftsmanship.
Why We Love Republic of Fritz Hansen
The Fritz Hansen furniture and lighting collection is a veritable treasure trove of Scandinavian design, with iconic pieces from Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, and Hans J. Wegner mingling together easily with more recent creations. All are manufactured with the ultimate care, with master craftsmen handling only the finest materials. Final pieces get a "Premium Check" before they leave the factory (with a certificate verifying this quality control). And you know you're getting a genuine Fritz Hansen piece when you see the "Republic of Fritz Hansen" tag and label with a unique ID number, designer name, year of manufacture and origin.
A Fun Fact About Fritz Hansen
The first piece of furniture that Fritz Hansen designed and produced was the Personal Office Chair in 1878. This simple wood chair with upholstered seat is a fitting foundation for the overall Fritz Hansen design philosophy: simple, solid, sculptural and, ultimately, timeless.
Noteworthy Products From Fritz Hansen
There are almost too many to choose from. With a versatile, tapered form made out of laminated veneer, the Series 7 chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955 is the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen. The Egg Chair and Swan Chair were also designed by Jacobsen (in 1958, for the Royal Hotel in copenhagen), both with distinctive curves that cradle their occupants as well as provide a bit of privacy.