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Fritz Hansen (Denmark)
Fritz Hansen (Denmark)

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 modernist 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. Designed by Jacobsen for the cafeteria of a Danish healthcare company called Novo Nordisk, the Ant 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.

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Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen 'Pantonova' Sofa
By Fritz Hansen, Verner Panton
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen, sectional sofa model 'Pantonova', metal, fabric upholstery, Denmark, 1970s This large sectional sofa elements by Danish designer Verner Panton. It ...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Steel

Frits Schegel Sofa Bench, Denmark 1930s
By Frits Schlegel, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
FRITS SCHLEGEL & FRITZ HANSEN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN A beautiful and rare sofa bench by Frits Schlegel and manufactured by Fritz Hansen, 1940, with maker's brass plaque and paper lab...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Beech, Fabric

Scandinavian Modern Sofa by Fritz Hansen, 1960s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Rare Fritz Hansen sofa with fine Danish Modern design lines and details. Laquered solid oak frame and wool fabric. The overall condition is good. The original fabric shows wear (as...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Fabric, Oak

Sofa by Fritz Hansen, Denmark, circa 1950
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Culver City, CA
Sofa by Fritz Hansen, Denmark, circa 1950. Model 5020, newly upholstered on beech frame.
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1950s Danish Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Beech

Palle Suenson and Fritz Hansen, Sofa and Easy Chair, 1940s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PALLE SUENSON & FRITZ HANSEN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN Sofa model 1522 (Label mrk. 19/1 40. L. 194 cm. ) and easy chair with stained beech legs, designed by Palle Suenson and manufactur...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Fabric, Beech

Verner Panton 'Pantonova' Six-Piece Living Room Suite for Fritz Hansen, 1971
By Verner Panton, Fritz Hansen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic original 'Pantonova' set by Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen consists of six convex nickel-plated steel wire chairs that form a circular sectional sofa seating suite or can...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Steel, Nickel

Arne Jacobsen, Sofa #3302 with Original Leather, 1956, Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in New York, NY
Arne Jacobsen, rare, original production two-seat sofa, model #3302 with original leather, origin: Denmark, 1956, manufactured by Fritz Hansen, leather, bronze-plated steel. Referen...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Bronze, Steel

Rare Swan Sofa by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, circa 1968
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Swan sofa designed by sofa Arne Jacobsen, produced by Fritz Hansen. This iconic piece was originally, designed for the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark to accompany the swan chairs a...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Leather

Fritz Hansen 1940s Model 1594 Spindle Back Sofa in Ivory Lambswool
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Rare and sought after sofa model 1594 made by Fritz Hansen, Denmark in the early 1940s. The sofa was featured in Fritz Hansen's production catalog in 1942 page 6. It's a magnificent ...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Wool, Beech

Rare Hans J. Wegner Bench FH 1935/4 in Walnut
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, FH 1935/4 bench, walnut and beech, Denmark, design 1948, manufactured circa 1950 This rare and largest version ever made of the FH 1935 bench with s...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Beech, Walnut

Fritz Hansen PK31/3 Leather Sofa
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in San Francisco, CA
About: The PK31/3 sofa series is a prime example of Poul Kjærholm’s ability to work with exquisite materials and minimalism. In the search for the ideal form, Kjærholm created the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Chrome

Rare Swan Sofa by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, circa 1968
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Berlin, DE
Vintage Swan sofa model 3321 in patinated black leather.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Leather

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Black Leather Airport Sofa, Model 3302
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Madrid, ES
Two-seat sofa, model 3302, also called 'Airport' sofa, designed by Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971). Produced by Fritz Hansen. Jacobsen originally designed this sofa for the SAS Royal Hotel...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Steel

Pantonova Fritz Hansen Verner Panton Chair Sofa Modules Original Fabric
By Fritz Hansen, Verner Panton
Located in Greven, DE
Pantonova Fritz Hansen Verner Panton chair sofa modules original fabric "Series 100" / "Pantonova": Production model was designed and produced as part of the work for the Varna rest...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Metal

Soren Hansen Model 2240 Two-Seat Sofa by Fritz Hansen, 1939
By Fritz Hansen, Søren Hansen
Located in Madrid, ES
Stained beech two-seat sofa, model 2240, designed by Søren Hansen in 1939. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen. Veneered 'floating' back and seat with new beige and white velvet upholstery....
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Textile, Beech

Early Fritz Hansen Sofa 1940's
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Dallas, TX
Sofa model 1594, ashwood spindle back frame with curving arms, spring seating and tufted back. In 1942 catalog. Seat upholstered in sheepskin, back in Knoll wool.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Beech

Fritz Hansen Three-Seat Sofa, Model 1669A Couch 3-Seat Black
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Lasbek, DE
Fritz Hansen three-seat sofa, model 1669A with oval beech legs, upholstered in wool, buttoned back. Produced by Fritz Hansen/ Denmark. Literature: Catalogue from Fritz Hansen, 1942...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Wool

Early Midcentury Club Sofa by Fritz Hansen in Chestnut Brown Worn Leather
By Fritz Hansen, Flemming Lassen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Rare Danish club sofa in chestnut brown leather produced in Denmark likely, circa 1940 by Fritz Hansen of Denmark. Legs made from solid beech. Comfortable and super solid with nice a...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Leather, Mahogany

Fritz Hansen Decision Fabric Corner Sofa Cream Sofa Couch
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Cologne, DE
We bring to you a Fritz Hansen decision fabric corner sofa cream sofa couch. Product measurements in centimeters: Depth: 141 Width: 343 Height: 74 Seat-height: 39 Rest-he...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Fabric

Fritz Hansen Modular and sectional 'Decision' Sofa
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Postmodern sofa 30 modular elements in black fabric, matte chromed steel. Fritz Hansen, decision, 1986. Six ends are available so we are able to divide into three sofas. 16 in...
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1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Fritz Hansen Three-Seat Sofa Model 1669a Red 3-Seat Couch 1940s Midcentury
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Lasbek, DE
Fritz Hansen three-seat sofa, model 1669A, with oval beech legs, later reupholstered in wool. Designed and produced by Fritz Hansen. Measures: H. 75 cm., L. 185 cm., D. 84 cm. L...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Wool, Beech

Fritz Hansen Three-Seat Sofa Green Model 1669a / 4468
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Lasbek, DE
Three-seat sofa by Fritz Hansen, Model 1669a/4468. Oval, stained beech legs. Seat, sides and back upholstered in wool. Literature: Catalogue from Fritz Hansen 1942, p. 17. Catalog...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

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Wool, Beech

Danish Loveseat / Sofa, Model 1145 by Fritz Hansen, 1930s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Karlstad, SE
Danish Loveseat Model 1145 by Fritz Hansen 1930s. Organically shaped two-seater sofa with dark stained wooden legs. Condition: Reupholstered in raw linen.                
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Linen, Beech

Fritz Hansen Open Arm Settee or Two-Seat Sofa Danish Midcentury
By Frits Hansen/Soren Hansen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Sought after two-seat open-arm sofa in beech and wool designed by Soren Hansen for Fritz Hansen and manufactured in Denmark in the 1940's. The frames are in very good original condit...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Beech

Sofa by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Mod. 3300 / 3 in Brown Leather
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berlin, DE
Very beautiful sofa designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, in 1956 Denmark. The sofa comes with a great brown leather in an excellent condition. Measures: 28.7 x 70.9 x 28.7 in.
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20th Century Danish Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Leather

Swan Sofa, Model 3321, Two-Seat, by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen, 2016
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
The swan sofa, model 3321, two-seat with original upholstery in dark brown leather designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960s and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2016.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Three-Seat DUX Sofa by Folke Ohlsson and Fritz Hansen, 1960s
By Folke Ohlsson, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Three-seat DUX sofa designed by Folke Ohlsson and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in the 1960s. The sofa is upholstered in green wool fabric.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Wool

Two-Seat DUX Sofa by Folke Ohlsson and Fritz Hansen, 1960s
By Folke Ohlsson, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Two-seat DUX sofa designed by Folke Ohlsson and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in the 1960s. The sofa is upholstered in light wool fabric.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Wool

Arne Jacobsen Swan Sofa
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Norwalk, CT
Arne Jacobsen designer 1958 for the Grand Hotel in Copenhagen. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen.
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Sofas

Materials

Aluminum

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