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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 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.

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

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Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
By Fritz Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, pair of FH 1936 lounge chairs, walnut and beech, Denmark, design 1948, manufactured, circa 1950. The FH 1936 lounge chair is one of the results of W...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Beech, Walnut

  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
  • Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
H 27.17 in. W 26.38 in. D 24.41 in.
Fritz Hansen Boucle Lounge Chairs, c1940s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Fritz Hansen Lounge chairs, c1940s A variation of the iconic Fritz Hansen 1669 lounge chair, produced in Denmark in the 1940s. These chairs have been reupholstered in new wool...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Bouclé

  • Fritz Hansen Boucle Lounge Chairs, c1940s
  • Fritz Hansen Boucle Lounge Chairs, c1940s
  • Fritz Hansen Boucle Lounge Chairs, c1940s
  • Fritz Hansen Boucle Lounge Chairs, c1940s
H 31.11 in. W 32.68 in. D 30.71 in.
Danish Modern Pair of Lounge Chairs in Seagrass, by Fritz Hansen, 1930-1940s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Odense, DK
Pair of Danish armchairs in solid red lacquered beechwood and woven seagrass. Anonymous designer, manufactured by Fritz Hansen. It could be designed by either Karl Schröder or Frits ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen

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Seagrass, Beech

Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Arne Jacobsen dining chair new upholstered with cognac vintage aniline leather. Base of chrome steel tube. Model 3130 Grand Prix, made by Fritz Hansen.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Steel

  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
H 31.89 in. W 18.9 in. D 18.9 in.
Pair of Seven Bar Stools, Model 3187/3197, by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
A pair of seven bar stools, model 3187/3197, by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen. The stools are with original upholstery of black leather.   
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Metal

Arne Jacobsen Model 3217 Front Upholstered
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
Explore the iconic Series 7 chair with a functional swivel base and front upholstered for a beautiful and comfortable result. The four-legged stackable chair represents the culminati...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen

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Oak

  • Arne Jacobsen Model 3217 Front Upholstered
  • Arne Jacobsen Model 3217 Front Upholstered
  • Arne Jacobsen Model 3217 Front Upholstered
  • Arne Jacobsen Model 3217 Front Upholstered
H 35.4 in. W 24 in. D 20.5 in.
"FritzHansen-Furniture" Catalog, 1963
By Fritz Hansen
Located in New York, NY
Hardcover catalog of Fritz Hansen furniture featuring work by Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner, Verner Panton, Kaare Klint, Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen, Kristian Vedel, Mogen...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen

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Paper

  • "FritzHansen-Furniture" Catalog, 1963
  • "FritzHansen-Furniture" Catalog, 1963
  • "FritzHansen-Furniture" Catalog, 1963
  • "FritzHansen-Furniture" Catalog, 1963
H 11.75 in. W 8.25 in. D 0.38 in.
Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair Model 3107 Cognac Leather
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Arne Jacobsen dining chair Model 3107 cognac leather. Model 3107 also know as series 7, Butterfly Chair or in Danish Syveren. One of the most famous and iconic designs from Danish a...
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen

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Leather, Bentwood

  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair Model 3107 Cognac Leather
  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair Model 3107 Cognac Leather
  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair Model 3107 Cognac Leather
  • Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair Model 3107 Cognac Leather
H 31.11 in. W 19.69 in. D 20.48 in.
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