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Frits Henningsen Chairs

Danish, 1889-1965

Danish cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen never compromised on quality. His furniture is known for its impeccable craftsmanship, and unlike many designers of his day, Henningsen — a dogged perfectionist — rarely permitted any of his pieces to be built outside of his own workshop. Each of his elegant low-profile tables, chairs and sofas feature the clean lines and graceful curves typically associated with vintage mid-century modern and Scandinavian modern furniture.

Henningsen was born in 1889 and apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in the early 1900s. He was mentored by the well-known and respected cabinetmaker I.P. Mørck and completed his apprenticeship at the age of 22.

Henningsen also studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where one of his teachers was legendary furniture designer Kaare Klint, who is frequently called the father of Danish modernism. Henningsen saw Klint as a friendly rival, which motivated him to refine his craftsmanship and technique.

Henningsen traveled throughout Germany, France, and Great Britain to gather knowledge, experience and inspiration. He returned to Copenhagen in 1915 and set up a furniture store and workshop to create and sell his own designs. He also developed relationships with Rud Rasmussen and Carl Hansen & Søn, the only furniture manufacturers he trusted to produce his designs.

Bucking the angular and geometric furniture trends of the time, Henningsen embraced fluid and organic forms. Much of his inspiration came from the Rococo, French Empire and British 17th-century styles he encountered on his travels. The 1930 Heritage chair is a prime example of these influences. It features soft, curving lines and has a sophisticated appeal.

Another piece that showcases Henningsen’s style and craftsmanship is the 1952 Signature chair. A striking work that features an inviting curved seat atop sinuous carved wood legs, the Signature chair was his last design.

The straightforward and timeless style of Henningsen furniture continues to enjoy popularity today. In fact, in 2015, Carl Hansen & Son reissued the iconic Signature chair.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Frits Henningsen seating, side tables and cabinets on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Frits Henningsen
Danish Modern Frits Henningsen Windsor Armchair
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Frits Henningsen
Located in Minneapolis, MN
A design from the 1930s by Frits Henningsen for Carl Hansen & sons.Atake traditional British design but with Danish modern sensibility. Lacquered beech frame. Professional, skilled ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Beech

Frits Henningsen Danish Highback Lounge Chair, c. 1940's
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
A handsome Danish mid-century high-back lounge chair, designed by furniture maker and designer Frits Henningsen (1889–1965), c. 1940's. Both the proprietor of a furniture-making work...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Mahogany

Frits Henningsen 'FH38 Windsor' Chair in Oiled Oak for Carl Hansen & Son
By Frits Henningsen, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Frits Henningsen 'FH38 Windsor' chair in Oiled Oak for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitment...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Wood, Oak

Frits Henningsen 'FH38 Windsor' Chair in Soaped Oak for Carl Hansen & Son
By Frits Henningsen, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Frits Henningsen 'FH38 Windsor' chair in Soaped Oak for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitmen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Wood, Oak

Frits Henningsen, Lounge Chair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare easy chair of leather and mahogany with nail head trim. Designed by Frits Henningsen. Reupholstered in soft red leather and refinished mahogany with brass nail-heads.
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Frits Henningsen Double Layer Caned Back Transitional Modern Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This armchair was designed and built by master Danish cabinet maker Frits Henningsen. The chair features a double layered cane back, new wool-linen blend upholstery in a flax/pale sa...
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Cane, Beech

Frits Henningsen Lounge Chair in Patterned Upholstery
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Frits Henningsen, wingback chair, multicolored pastel fabric, stained beech, Denmark 1930s. This modest yet refined armchair is a classic piece from designer Frits Henningsen. The f...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Beech, Fabric

Frits Henningsen Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen armchair.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Cane, Leather, Mahogany

Frits Henningsen Windsor Dining Chairs Model CH 18A by Carl Hansen & Søn
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare Windsor dining chairs model CH 18A designed by Frits Henningsen. Produced by Carl Hansen & Søn in Denmark.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Oak

Frits Henningsen Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen armchair.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Frits Henningsen Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen armchair.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany, Cane

Frits Henningsen Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen armchair with original horsehair upholstery. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Mahogany

Frits Henningsen Easy Chair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen easy chair with mahogany frame in fabric.
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20th Century Danish Frits Henningsen Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Frits Henningsen Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen Armchair With Original Horse Hair Upholstery
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Mahogany

Frits Henningsen Arm Chair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen arm chair With Original Horsehair Material
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Frits Henningsen Chairs

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Mahogany

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Frits Henningsen chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Frits Henningsen chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Frits Henningsen chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Frits Henningsen were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in scandinavia during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Peter Hvidt, Illum Wikkelsø, and France & Søn. Prices for Frits Henningsen chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $4,200 and can go as high as $4,200, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,200.

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