HISTORY OF A BRAND CARL HANSEN & SØN
The furniture brand that’s synonymouswithdanishmodernism
In 1908, when thedanish cabinetmakercarlhansen opened a small furnitureworkshop on thedanish island of Funen, he couldn’t have guessed that just over a century later itwould be one of themost revered design brands in theworld. Or that itwould still be based in the small town ofgelsted – allwhitewashed churches and half-timbered cottages – and run by his own grandson, Knud Erikhansen.
When Knud Erik took the helm in 2002, Carl Hansen & Søn was not quite the international powerhouse it is today. The company had worked away discreetly, hand- crafting Danish classics such as those by Hans Jwegner, whose longstanding collaboration with the brand began in 1949. It was Carl Hansen’s son, Holger, who took a chance onwegner, then a young unknown; it would be Carl’s grandson, Knud Erik, who recognised thatwegner’s designs were assets that could propel the manufacturer to global success. As well as othermid-century Danish luminaries such asolewanscher, Kaareklint and Fritshenningsen, the company has alsoworkedwith contemporary talents, including Austrian trio EOOS anddanish textile designernajautzon Popov. In 2014, Japanese architect Tadao Ando unveiled his sculptural ‘Dream’ chair, a tribute towegner. This year, the company is reissuingwegner’s ‘CH23’ dining chair, that has been out of production since 1950. Along with the ‘CH22’, ‘CH24’ and ‘CH25’, it completes the designer’s original quartet of beautifully crafted seats. It’s fitting that on the tenth anniversary of his death, they should all be together again (carlhansen.com).
Once a smalldanish furnitureworkshop, it’s now one of theworld’smost revered design brands
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