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France & Son

Danish manufacturer France & Søn is best known for its prolific output of elegant mid-century modern furnishings in teak and leather, yet its multinational beginnings took shape during the 1930s.

After businessman Charles William Fearnley France (1897–1972) moved from his native England to Denmark in 1936, he began to operate a small mattress factory alongside his friend Eric Daverkosen, a Danish cabinetmaker, under the name France & Daverkosen. Shortly afterward, Daverkosen passed away, and when Denmark was invaded during the Second World War, Charles was captured and sent to a prison camp in Germany. When he was released, the British entrepreneur set out to produce furniture in the early 1950s, setting up a shop in Hillerød to manufacture the kind of sleek beech and teak goods that were gaining widespread acclaim around the world. In 1957, France’s son James joined the business, and the company changed its name to reflect the addition.

Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, France & Søn produced a stunning array — and staggering quantity — of designs, with elegant modernist lounge chairs and armchairs, teak and rosewood dining tables and other furnishings by the likes of Finn Juhl, Grete Valk, Ole Wanscher, Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen all gracing its catalogues.

Even as there was a focus on mass production at France & Søn — and the brand doesn’t quite enjoy the same renown as fellow mid-century Danish furniture makers such as Carl Hansen & Søn — Charles France believed in making quality furniture, and the company’s offerings evoke the warmth of the handcrafted work that is typically associated with Scandinavian modernism.

In the 1960s, the company was bought by Danish designer Poul Cadovius, who folded it into the operations at CADO, a company he founded during the 1950s. Surviving examples of early work from the brand as well as modern icons by the likes of Verner Panton that followed in later years continue to be in demand.

Find a collection of France & Søn furniture on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$3,875
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Materials
Mid Century Adjustable Armchair for France & Søn, Arne Vodder, Denmark, 1960s
By France & Søn, Arne Vodder
Located in Praha, CZ
- adjustable - very practical and confortable - marked - completely restored - seat is 43 cm.
Category

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage France & Son

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Arne Vodder FD-164 Teak and Leather Recliner
By France & Søn, Arne Vodder
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
This striking chair design is by Arne Vodder for France and Son in the 1960s. Made in Denmark from solid teak, this broad-armed lounge chair has three different settings of recline, ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern France & Son

Materials

Leather, Teak

Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
By France & Søn, Finn Juhl
Located in Vienna, AT
Finn Juhl, diplomat desk chair or armchair with frame in solid hardwood, seat and backrest upholstered, model 209. Designed in 1963. Produced by France & Son. Measures: H. 82 cm, SH...
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage France & Son

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
H 32.29 in. W 27.17 in. D 20.87 in.
Hvidt & Mølgaard-nielsen for France & Søn Sofa in Teak and Beige Upholstery
By Hvidt & Mølgaard, France & Søn
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen, three-seat sofa, model 'Silverline', fabric, teak and metal, 1950s. Comfortable sofa with an architectural design by Hvidt & Mølgaard. This mode...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage France & Son

Materials

Metal

Poul Cadovius, Model "Guvernör", Three-Seat Sofa with Rosewood Frame, Leather
By France & Søn, Poul Cadovius
Located in Hamburg, HH
Poul Cadovius, three-seat sofa, model "Guvernör" Black leather sofa in Brazilian rosewood for France & Søn. The sofa has dovetailed sled legs with woven rosewood straps along the ...
Category

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage France & Son

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Danish Coffee Table by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen, France Søn, 1960
By France & Søn, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Peter Hvidt
Located in Berlin, DE
Very beautiful coffee table designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen in teak wood and produced by France & Søn in the late 1960s. The table is in great condition with just li...
Category

20th Century France & Son

Materials

Teak

Pair of Side Tables in Solid Teak by Hvidt & Mølgaard, Made in Denmark
By Hvidt & Mølgaard, France & Søn
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of mid-century side tables in solid teak with brass legs. Designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard for France & Son in 1960s. Made in Denmark. Great original condition.
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage France & Son

Materials

Brass

Set of 2 France & Son Rosewood Moduline Armchairs by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & Lind
By France & Søn, Torben Lind, Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen
Located in CULEMBORG, GE
Listed is a pair of iconic ‘Moduline’ rosewood and leather armchairs by Ole Gerlev Knudsen and Torben Lind for France & Son, Denmark. Chairs are in fair original condition, ‘dans son...
Category

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage France & Son

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

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France & Son Sellers

Mid Century Mobler
4.8
20th Century Marks
4.9
Another Classic ApS
4.9
Osted Antique & Design
4.8
Atypical Find LLC
4.9

France & Søn furniture for sale on 1stDibs

France Søn furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of France & Søn furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 165 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by France & Søn were created in Scandinavian modern style during the 20th century in Scandinavia. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Johannes Andersen, GETAMA and Hvidt & Mølgaard. The prices for France & Søn furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $395 and tops out at $18,848, while pieces like these can sell for $3,900 on average.

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