Fritz Hansen marks its 150th anniversary with new collection

Fritz Hansen’s ‘Anniversary Collection’ features reissues of iconic pieces by Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm, presented during 3 Days of Design 2022 (15 – 17 June)

Long table with six Arne Jacobsen chairs by Fritz Hansen, in front of a large window overlooking the sea
‘Series 7’ chairs, upholstered in Raf Simons for Kvadrat fabric, are part of Fritz Hansen's ‘Anniversary Collection’
(Image credit: Arne Jacobsen)

Fritz Hansen celebrates its first 150 years with the ‘Anniversary Collection’, which 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

Chair in black

‘PK0 A’ chair in black stained ash

(Image credit: Poul Kjaerholm)

Founded in Copenhagen in 1872, Fritz Hansen started as a carpentry workshop set up by the eponymous cabinetmaker, who began by experimenting with steam-bent wood and later paired up with Arne Jacobsen for a furniture collaboration, from 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 Kjærholm 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 Kjær, while in recent years, it has worked with contemporary designers including Jaime Hayon and Cecilie Manz. 

Fritz Hansen Anniversary Collection

Egg chair

‘Egg’ chair, upholstered in Sørensen Leather

(Image credit: Arne Jacobsen)

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 Kvadrat, the pieces exude a soft, sophisticated feel. 

Made of Norwegian marble, Kjærholm’s ‘PK61’ table is part of the collection, and Fritz Hansen also revisits some pieces that were never put 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. 

Chair with table

‘PK0 A’ chair and ‘PK60’ table in pine

(Image credit: Poul Kjærholm)

‘Together, these pieces interpret the Nordic lifestyle seen through an international methodology; [they are] 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 [pieces] convey the modern-day relevance of each design.’

The celebration of Nordic living will take place in Copenhagen, during 3 Days of Design (15 – 17 June 2022). 

‘PK0 A’ chair and ‘PK60’ table in pine

‘Swan’ chair by Arne Jacobsen, upholstered in fabric for Kvadrat

(Image credit: Raf Simons)

INFORMATION

The ‘Anniversary Collection’ will be on view during 3 Days of Design, 15-17 June 2022, at Designmuseum Danmark

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ADDRESS

Designmuseum Danmark
Bredgade 68
1260 Copenhagen

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.