POST 2: TWENTIETH CENTURY CHAIR DESIGN – FRITZ HANSEN

Fritz Hansen was the Steve Jobs of the chair world; he created the forum for designers to showcase their designs.

Fritz Hansen was registered as a master cabinetmaker on October 24, 1872 in Copenhagen. He initially specialised as a manufacturer of furniture parts such as chair legs, balusters and iron frames and produced the first Danish chair in steam bentwood in 1915. Fritz Hansen’s cooperation with architect Arne Jacobsen began in 1934. His laminated bent wood chair, the Ant, designed in 1952, became the biggest success in Danish furniture history.

The timeless furniture collection is continuously growing due to close co-operations with leading Danish and international architects and designers. The collection is based on form, function and quality.

Fritz_1 His success proved the concept to be the right one. Already in the first 50 years of his company’s history Fritz Hansen completed remarkable and renowned showcase projects. This lead the company to contracts for furnishing entire buildings in Copenhagen, like the university library, the castle Christiansborg, the town hall, as well as the Supreme Court.

FRITZ HANSEN’S DESIGN PHILOSOPHY-“CONTINUOUSLY SEEK THE OBVIOUS”

The Fritz Hansen Design Strategy consists of their design ambition and core values, which are used as guidelines when developing new designs:

VISUAL – Original, Pure, Long lasting

EMOTIONAL – Genuine, Serene, Danish

RATIONAL – Superior Quality, Refined, Aging with beauty

Fritz Hansen and his designers follow no lesser goal than to produce design classics. They prefer organic, sculptural shapes that seem to inspire people. These new designs also feature expressive shapes, a strong recognition value, and with their timeless modernity have the potential to become true design classics made by Fritz Hansen.

CHAIRS ACTUALLY DESIGNED BY FRITZ HANSEN

Personal Office Chair – 1878

Fritz_2 This chair is the oldest chair in Fritz Hansen’s chair collection. When Fritz Hansen needed an office chair he made this simple and solid wooden chair which he used for the rest of his life. Fritz Hansen’s son, Chr. E. Hansen took over the chair and sat in it every day he was with the company. Hence, Fritz Hansen directors have sat in this chair for more than half a Century.

Klunke Chair – 1890

Fritz_3 The turned legs of the chair as well as the carving of the backrest illustrate some of Fritz Hansen’s specialties around 1890. In the turners’ workshop the primary manufacture was chair legs and columns for sideboards and rail posts, partly as turned items and partly as carved work.

Danish Working Environment Service Chair – 1935

Fritz_4 In cooperation with the Danish Working Environment Service, Fritz Hansen developed this chair that was manufactured with a “consideration for the human anatomy and with respect for the human position during work”.

Office chair – 1945

Fritz_5 This is an example of a work chair where the adjustment possibilities have been taken into consideration so that the user can obtain a good working posture.

The outstanding handiwork, the spectacular design of the furniture, made the Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen an internationally renowned company able to win special design talents to work with them. These designers have included Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), Poul Kjaerholm (1929-1980), Hans J Wegner (1914-2007) and Piet Hein (1905-1996).

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