We interviewed Christian Andresen, Fritz Hansen's creative director. Fritz Hansen is an exclusive, international design brand whose timeless collection unites world-famous classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories.
Alphabet Sofa System
Founded in Denmark in 1872, the company has a long history of collaborating with leading international designers to bring their visionary concepts to life: Arne Jacobsen, Piero Lissoni and Jaime Hayon to name a few. Common to all designs is a sculptural artistic expression that blurs the lines between design and art and unites function and form in unprecedented ways, giving each work significant presence and purpose.
Read the interview with Christian Andresen, Fritz Hansen's Creative Director.
Tell us the story of Fritz Hansen:
Fritz Hansen is an exclusive, international design brand whose timeless collection unites world-famous classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories.Founded in Denmark in 1872, the company has a long history of collaborating with leading international designers to bring their visionary concepts to life – and to the spaces they help transform. Fritz Hansen’s highly distinguished Classic Collection comprises a number of the most iconic pieces of furniture from renowned Danish architects and designers, including Arne Jacobsen’s Egg™, Swan™ and Series 7™ chairs and Poul Kjærholm’s PK22™ chair and PK80™ daybed.The Contemporary Collection features new furniture and accessory designs from some of today’s most inspiring, internationally recognized modern designers, including Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Kasper Salto and Cecilie Manz. Common to all designs is a sculptural artistic expression that blurs the lines between design and art and unites function and form in unprecedented ways, giving each work significant presence and purpose.
How would you describe Fritz Hansen philosophy? What makes it unique?
Today as in 1872, Fritz Hansen’s work is guided by the philosophy that a single piece of furniture can beautify an entire room or building – and heighten the well-being of the people who inhabit these spaces. With an international presence and an ever-expanding collection of iconic designs, Fritz Hansen continues its journey of creating elegant, human interior design essentials that never compromise on comfort, and to strengthen its place in the global design, luxury, and lifestyle segment.
Egg Lounge Chair
Fred Lounge Chair
What are the fundamental steps in creating your pieces?
We work with briefs and a pipeline of products spanning a few years ahead. This is to ensure that we design to our strategy and that we want designers to work with us on projects we have defined. After the designer has made concepts we evaluate together and iterate the design ideas until we have found the right idiom and product. After that we go through a stage gate process where we involve our development engineers that finalize the project.
Fri Lounge Chair
Fritz Hansen collaborates with various designers, combining innovation and modernity with traditional know-how. How have the collaborations with designers changed over the years?
Fritz Hansen has been built around collaboration and innovation – in terms of design and how to challenge materials. This we will continue to do. We wish to create a strong family of designers who can help us enter the next design chapter. We want to build on the great legacy from which we derive and ensure that we have designers that understand our DNA and our journey ahead.
What are the materials that you find most suitable for Fritz Hansen creations?
Pure - simply pure. We believe in natural and sustainable materials of the highest quality. Fritz Hansen products are made to last for generations, and this is only possible if the handcraft and choice of materials are premium.
What are your plans for the future?
Our dedicated goal is to create spaces that touches you emotionally. This we do by offering extraordinary design with a global mindset looking into the future, but never losing sight of our great heritage and keeping all our products relevant in time.