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”Lily might be Arne Jacobsen’s most elaborate design”

Fritz Hansen’s head of design Christian Andresen on the company’s 50th anniversary edition of the iconic Danish designer’s last-ever designed chair.

Words: Johan Magnusson

The brand philosophy is all about crafting timeless design. Most of the collection is still based on the foundation of the products designed from 1950 to 1975 by designers like Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, and Hans Wegner.

— Functional, well made in a very high quality and all with a distinct idiom that should spark an emotional response, as Andresen describes it.

Almost 150 years after it was founded as a woodworking craftsman company in 1872, Fritz Hansen has, in recent years, added lighting and accessories to their range of crafted furniture.

— It’s about the passion for the sculptural and beautiful, and products that can be loved and stay relevant over time. Curiosity, innovation, and uniqueness — combined with sublime quality — have always driven us. That philosophy has, in the last 50 years, also spawned a contemporary collection of products that hopefully have the opportunity to become the next wave of products for us, says Andresen.

But the serene and curved Lily chair is special for the company. And will always be.

— It might be Arne Jacobsen’s most elaborate design. The technology and technique required is extraordinary, and — for architects and designers like me — that has unique appeal. It is incredible that fifty years after its birth, there is global demand for the chair and the craftsmanship it requires.

The just launched 50th anniversary edition is made in walnut. A very specific choice, according to Andresen.

— The dark wood and natural grain complement the lines of the design beautifully. It also fits a contemporary context, particularly in Japan where our customers are particularly enthusiastic about this relaunch.

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What’s next for you?

— I am not at liberty to share all our plans, but I can say that we are busy. We’ve just released the AJ Trolley, a rolling table by Arne Jacobsen. We’ve also released a special brass pendant designed by Jo Hammerborg in the seventies, called Silhuet, as well as accessories made in collaboration with Cecilie Manz and Jaime Hayon. There is more coming.


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