This major Danish furniture manufacturing company was founded in Copenhagen by cabinetmaker Fritz Hansen, who initially made and supplied furniture components and moved into the production of bentwood furniture. By the 1930s, in addition to wooden furniture, the company began to develop designs in tubular steel by the Dutch designer Mart Stam and others. However, after the Second World War the company began a series of important collaborations with architects and designers that transformed its output and reputation. One of the best known of these was Arne Jacobsen, whose famous Ant (1951–2), Egg (1958), and Swan (1958) chairs have proved enduring successes in the market place. Other designer‐manufacturer collaborations have included the Chinese armchair (1945) by Hans Wegner, the PK 22 chair (1956) by Poul Kjaerholm, the Superellipsis table by Mathsson and Piet Hein (1964), and the System Chair 123 (1974) by Verner Panton, as well as designs by foreigners such as Vico Magistretti. Although the company was taken over in 1979, following a difficult financial period, it has retained its reputation for high‐quality furniture and expanded its overseas markets.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.