After 125 years, Fritz Hansen remains the leading arbiter of Scandinavian furniture design. Each piece has been designed by a reputable international designer in close cooperation with Fritz Hansen, producing design icons like Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair, Hans J Wegner's China Chair, and Paul Kjaerholm's PK22 Lounge Chair, along with recent updates from Piero Lissoni, Vico Magistretti, and JehsLaub. The story of the company begins in 1872, when Danish cabinetmaker Fritz Hansen obtained a trade license and began his own furniture company just a few years later. During the 1930s, Fritz's son Christian began experimenting with steam bending and the company eventually refined the technique so well to become a leader in the field. The technique eventually evolved into the firm's speciality: furniture crafted from laminate wood. In the following decade, despite facing WWII hardships, the Fritz Hansen factory was expanded. By the 1970s, Fritz Hansen had undergone major changes, including collaborations with leading designers and the announcement that the company was no longer in hands of the family. In the decades to come, Fritza Hansen continued to focus on expansion. Today, the company continues to invite new designers to adapt to changing society without abandoning its design roots and values. Innovative, timeless, and functional, Fritz Hansen's furniture gives the impression of lightness, refined modernism, and discreet luxury. Haute Living is thrilled to bring these iconic classics, and modern re-imaginings to Chicago.
To see the company's products in space, visit our Fritz Hansen Design News post.