Fritz Hansen celebrates its first 150 years with an anniversary collection that pays tribute to the greats of Danish Design. Pieces by Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm are reinterpreted through the use of new fabrics, colours, and materials, honouring their timeless design.

Fritz Hansen: 1872 to 2022

Black Poul Kjaerholm chair in front of a window overlooking greenery
PK0 chair in black stained ash, by Poul Kjaerholm

Founded in Copenhagen in 1872, Fritz Hansen started as a carpentry workshop set up by the eponymous cabinetmaker, who started by experimenting with steam bent wood and later paired up with Arne Jacobsen for a furniture collaboration that started in 1934. Some of Danish design’s most celebrated pieces were born from this partnership, including  the Series 7, the Egg chair and the Swan chair (now reissued as part of the new collection).

In the 1950s, Poul Kjaerholm joined the Fritz Hansen portfolio, with the chairs and tables of the celebrated PK furniture series. The 1950s also saw the company collaborate with Milanese architect Vico Magistretti and Bodil Kjaer, while in recent year, they worked with contemporary designers including Jaime Hayon and Cecilie Manz. 

Fritz Hansen Anniversary Collection

Arne Jacobsen swan chair in brown leather, photographed in front of a window overlooking a birch forest
Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen, upholstered in Sørensen Leather

The Anniversary Collection looks back at the company’s illustrious history, reimagining some of these iconic furniture designs with a contemporary twist. The collection includes new editions of Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair, and design reissues of his Egg, Swan and Lily Armchairs. Upholstered in chestnut leather by Danish specialist Sørensen Leather and fabric by Raf Simons for Knvadrat, the pieces exude a soft, sophisticated feel. 

Made of Norwegian marble, Kjaerholm’s PK61 table is also part of the collection, and Fritz Hansen also revisits some pieces that were never in production before. Designed in 1952, the PK0 A chair and the PK60 table were pieces that celebrated their Danish heritage, while looking to the future. 

Wooden chair and coffee table in wood and glass by Poul Kjareholm, phogoraphed in front of a window with a white curtain, overlooking a birch forest
PK0 chair and PK60 table in pine, by Poul Kjaerholm

‘Together, these pieces interpret the Nordic lifestyle seen through  an international methodology; understated, aesthetic, elegant and holistic,’ says Josef Kaiser, CEO of Fritz Hansen. ‘Ours is a story of exquisite design created on a foundation of craftsmanship and innovation. The anniversary designs convey the modern-day relevance of each design.’

The celebration of Nordic living will take place in Copenhagen, during 3 Days of Design. §

Chair by Arne Jacobsen in grey upholstery
Swan chair by Arne Jacobsen, upholstered in fabric by Raf Simons for Kvadrat