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Fritz Hansen

Danish, 1847-1902

When the Copenhagen-based furniture maker Fritz Hansen opened for business more than 140 years ago, the company — which today styles itself The Republic of Fritz Hansen — adhered to the traditional, time-honored Danish values of craftsmanship in woodworking and joinery. Yet thanks to the postwar innovations of Arne Jacobsen and others, Fritz Hansen would become the country’s leader in Scandinavian modern design using new, forward-looking materials and methods.

Fritz Hansen started his company in 1872, specializing in the manufacture of small furniture parts. In 1915, the firm became the first in Denmark to make chairs using steam-bent wood (a technique most familiar from birch used in the ubiquitous café chairs by Austrian maker Thonet). At the time, Fritz Hansen was best known for seating that featured curved legs and curlicue splats and referenced 18th-century Chippendale designs.

In the next few decades, the company promoted simple, plain chairs with slatted backs and cane or rush seats designed by such proto-modernist masters as Kaare Klint and Søren Hansen. Still, the most aesthetically striking piece Fritz Hansen produced in the first half of the 20th century was arguably the China chair of 1944 by Hans Wegner — and that piece, with its yoke-shaped bentwood back- and armrest, was based on seating manufactured in China during the Ming dynasty. (Wegner was moved by portraits he’d seen of Danish merchants in the Chinese chairs.) 

Everything changed in 1952 with Arne Jacobsen’s Ant chair. The collaboration between the architect and Fritz Hansen officially originated in 1934 — that year, Jacobsen created his inaugural piece for the manufacturer, the solid beechwood Bellevue chair for a restaurant commission. The Ant chair, however, was the breakthrough.

With assistance from his then-apprentice Verner Panton, Jacobsen designed the Ant chair for the cafeteria of a Danish healthcare company called Novo Nordisk. The chair was composed of a seat and backrest formed from a single piece of molded plywood attached, in its original iteration, to three tubular metal legs. Its silhouette suggests the shape of the insect’s body, and the lightweight, stackable chair and its biomorphic form became an international hit.

Jacobsen followed with more plywood successes, such as the Grand Prix chair of 1957. The following year he designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and its furnishings, including the Egg chair and the Swan chair. Those two upholstered pieces, with their lush, organic frames made of fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane, have become the two chairs most emblematic of mid-20th-century cool. Moreover, the Egg and Swan led Fritz Hansen to fully embrace new man-made materials, like foam, plastic and steel wire used to realize the avant-garde creations of later generations of designers with whom the firm collaborated, such as Piet Hein, Jørn Utzon (the architect of the Sydney Opera House) and Verner Panton. If the Fritz Hansen of 1872 would not now recognize his company, today’s connoisseurs certainly do.

Find a collection of vintage Fritz Hansen tables, lounge chairs, sofas and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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$5,172
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Fritz Hansen Armchair in Red and Black Upholstery
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Fritz Hansen, armchair, skai, beech, Denmark, 1930s Easy chair manufactured by Fritz Hansen in the 1930s. This armchair is made out of beautifully patinated skai that is colored i...
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Beech

  • Fritz Hansen Armchair in Red and Black Upholstery
  • Fritz Hansen Armchair in Red and Black Upholstery
  • Fritz Hansen Armchair in Red and Black Upholstery
  • Fritz Hansen Armchair in Red and Black Upholstery
H 31.5 in. W 24.41 in. D 18.12 in.
Arne Jacobsen Model 3117 Adjustable Desk Work Chairs, 1955, Early Matching Pair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Arne Jacobsen (designer) Fritz Hansen (manufacturer), Denmark Pair of Model 3117 desk chairs, designed 1955 Black lacquered veneered plywood, nickel-plated steel, swivel base on...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Plywood

Arne Jacobson 'Egg' Chair in White Leather for Fritz Hansen, 1958
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in New York, NY
The classic and iconic 'Egg' chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1958. Newly refurbished and reupholstered in a luxurious creamy/white leather from Maharam. ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Aluminum

Danish Fritz Hansen Model 1582 Wingback Lounge Chair from the 1940's
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Very cool low swung wingback lounge chair made by Fritz Hansen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Great dramatic angles and proportions with carved wooden armrests and legs made of stained beec...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Wool, Beech

Poul Kjaerholm PK 20 Lounge Chair Red Orange Leather
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Beautiful chair, leather has a great patina and some normal wear. Steel base has some wear, please see pictures. Made by Fritz Hansen.
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen

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Steel

Fritz Hansen Rin Dining Swivel Chair in White by Hiromichi Konno
By Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Originally designed in 2009 by Hiromichi Konno for Fritz Hansen, the Rin chair combines Japanese and Danish design traditions to create a classic and elegant piece. Inspired by th...
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Early 2000s Danish Fritz Hansen

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Plastic

Teak Tray Table by H Engholm and Svend Aage Willumsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Denton, TX
Danish modern round bentwood teak tray with a folding ebonized base for easy transport. Imported by Raymor.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen

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Metal

Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chairs by Fritz Hansen, Black Leather, Model 3107
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Six "Series Seven" chairs, model 3107, upholstered in Black savannah leather. The chairs were designed by Arne Jacobsen in the 1950s and manufactured by Fritz Hansen, circa 1960s Tw...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Steel

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Fritz Hansen furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Fritz Hansen furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Fritz Hansen collection there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 582 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 138 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Fritz Hansen were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Arne Vodder, Børge Mogensen and Arne Jacobsen. The prices for Fritz Hansen furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $NaN on 1stDibs and tops at $NaN, while pieces like these can sell for $NaN on average.

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