Classic Brands:
The Republic of Fritz Hansen

Classic Brands:
The Republic of Fritz Hansen

Claire Bock
Sep 26, 2012

The Republic of Fritz Hansen was started in 1872 by Copenhagen based cabinetmaker Fritz Hansen. The hallmark of Fritz Hansen is the highest level of quality in their manufacturing, and it is the reason that the company continues its successful legacy today.

Fritz Hansen and his son Christian pioneered furniture engineering with modern technology during the early part of the twentieth century. Fritz Hansen began to team up with talented industrial designers, including Arne Jacobson and Hans J. Wegner, and went on to create the icons that remain in the Fritz Hansen collection today.

Shown above, from left to right:

The Egg Chair: The Egg chair is the original privacy chair developed by Arne Jacobson for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958.

Ant Chair: Arne Jacobson debuted the Ant chair in 1952 for a healthcare company in Copenhagen. This chair was the breakthrough piece that is still an icon for Fritz Hansen today.

Swan Chair: Designed to work with the Egg chair in the lobby and lounge areas of the Royal Hotel, the Swan chair was an innovative design with no straight lines, only curves, that was born in Arne Jacobson's garage.

Kaiser Idell Lamp: The Kaiser Idell was recently re-introduced by Fritz Hansen; however, the design dates back to the Bauhaus era. The key design element is the swivel ball joint at the base of the lamp.

Little Friend Table: Kasper Salto is one of the designers currently creating Fritz Hansen icons for the future. The Little Friend table is a design based on new ways of living and working with technology.

(Images: The Republic of Fritz Hansen)

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