During a very special blogger tour, the #ScandiDesignTour2017 , I visited the new Fredericia showroom in Copenhagen. Fredericia are a Danish design house that have been manufacturing furniture since 1911. They are extremely proud of their heritage and rightly so. Iconic designers such as Børge Mogensen and Hans J Wegner were early collaborators and their designs are still being produced today. Here is an insight to the world of Fredericia and their beautiful designs.
This former post office in central Copenhagen is the new a dramatic and impressive showroom. A perfect place to exhibit the collection. What beautiful light!!!
An original J39 chair designed by Børge Mogensen (1947), nicknamed ‘The Peoples chair‘. Made with high quality materials and craftsmanship and a reasonable price tag. With the focus on making good design and quality available to the people.
(above) An original and well used 2213 sofa by Børge Mogensen (1962), proudly on display and showing how beautiful this sofa ages.
Recent works by Gamfretasi (Haiku sofa, 2012), Jasper Morrison (Pon tables, 2105) and Nanna Ditzel (not so recent Trinidad chair 1993, but still a modern piece) are great examples of new collaborating designers making modern classics.
Space Copenhagen hosted talks in their studio where Signe and Peter spoke about their design approach and work for Fredericia. Which have been hugely successful. Fredericia hold similarities with Space Copenhagen with the understanding of tradition and values of furniture. Space then work with a holistic approach and contemporary lifestyle in mind creating products such as the Spine and Swoon collections. (below are sketches and samples of these famous chairs)
The Swoon Lounge Chair, designed by Space Copenhagen 2016
Above is the Spanish chair , designed by Børge Mogensen in 1958. One of Fredericia’s most iconic chairs. At the showroom we watched a skilled craftsman (or viking) from Swedish leather company, Tärnsjö Garveri cut and trim leather into the shapes to make the impressive and simple looking Spanish chair. Needless to say, it’s not so simple to make. It was pretty impressive and great to see the processes involved.
The Fredericia rooftop and wonderful views over Copenhagen.
A very special dinner hosted by Fredericia, Georg Jensen and food cooked by Electrolux Gourmet Range.
A wonderful event and great to see into the world of Fredericia especially understanding how they honour the heritage of design and maintain skilled, high quality production. Beautiful products and well worth getting an investment piece. Which chair do you like?
*thank you to Fredericia and Georg Jensen for such an amazing tour. I’ve learnt SO much!*
*Photography/images © Hannah Trickett/Hannah in the house