Fabricius & Kastholm
Name: Preben Juhl Fabricius
Born: 1931 – 2007
Education: Cabinet maker
Name: Jørgen Kastholm
Born: 1931 - 1984
Perfection, aesthetics, and minimisation that never compromised on quality formed the basis of their mutual approach to furniture design. Fabricius and Kastholm worked closely together and took turns creating stylish and minimalist designs, often made from steel, glass, and leather, that attracted the attention of audiences all over the world.
Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm first met when they were studying architecture at the School of Interior Design in Copenhagen. But their collaboration didn’t start until the 1960s, when the pair had been abroad and amassed some experience.
Inspired by the functional and focusing on Scandinavian design, they manufactured their first pieces of furniture with the upholsterer Ivan Schechter, who was also manufacturing furniture for Poul Kjærholm. In connection with a furniture exposition in Fredericia in 1965, they closed a deal with the German furniture manufacturer Alfred Kill, immediately after which they moved to Germany. Their first complete furniture collection was ready in 1966, attracting countless international furniture dealers. Before long, they had received their first 10 large orders, and that was the beginning of Fabricius and Kastholm’s success. Nowadays, Walter Knoll is one of the manufacturers of Fabricius & Kastholm furniture.
You can see the classic P376 pendant KF1 from &tradition below. Fabricius’ blacksmithing experience and Kastholm’s sculptural expertise have had a significant impact on the modern, Danish aesthetic.