Fritz Hansen dates all the way back to 1872, when the man behind the name started as a cabinetmaker in Copenhagen. In 1885 he opened a full-fledged furniture production company, establishing a thriving workshop in the Copenhagen neighbourhood Christianshavn two years later.
The brand Fritz Hansen has provided furniture for many famous buildings in Copenhagen, including Christiansborg (the Danish parliament), the University Library and Copenhagen City Hall.
Through the years Fritz Hansen has collaborated with some of Denmark’s greatest architects and designers. Their first true classic was Kinastolen, or the China Chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1944. Soon to follow was Børge Mogensen’s iconic spoke-back sofa in 1945.
The 1950’s saw the start of Arne Jacobsen’s legendary collaboration with Fritz Hansen. In this period he created the Ant chair (1952), the Series 7 chairs (1955), the Swan and the Egg - both created for the SAS Royal hotel in Copenhagen in1958.
Other designers who created important pieces for Fritz Hansen through the years include Piet Hein, Poul Kjærholm and Bruno Mathsson.
Fritz Hansen bought the Danish lighting company Lightyears in 2015 because it was clear that the two firms shared a very similar outlook and design philosophy.
That shared viewpoint has led to a single brand with a single philosophy – Fritz Hansen.