Founded in 1872, Fritz Hansen has created a range of exquisite, world-famous designs and lighting classics. Many of which have come from the minds of renowned designers like Jo Hammerborg, Christian Dell, Nicholai Wiig Hansen and Cecilie Manz. When it comes to embodying the spirit of Danish design, nobody does it quite like Fritz Hansen.
Lights by Fritz Hansen
Lamps by Fritz Hansen are the pinnacle of master craftsmanship and nothing short of exquisite sculptures. Not only are they functional lights, but they’re statement pieces too.
Fritz Hansen - Impressions
The designers of Fritz Hansen
Jo Hammerborg – Orient
Born in 1920, Danish designer Jo Hammerborg created more than 180 lamps. And, for a long time, his lights could only be found at antique dealers. Today, several designs are being reissued, including the Orient pendant light, which has a handcrafted aluminium shade. This shows impressively the sense of form and aesthetics of its creator.
Jo Hammerborg died in 1980 after an eventful life as a resistance fighter in the Second World War 1940-45 and a passionate sportsman.
Christian Dell – KAISER idell
Born in Offenbach am Main in 1893, Christian Dell studied at the Saxon School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar, designing several lamps. And, following an apprenticeship as a silversmith, went on to head the metal workshop of the Frankfurt Art School.
His most famous lamp is the KAISER idell, released in 1936. The luxury lamp was then, as it is now, a symbol of precise German design and craftsmanship.
Christian Dell died in 1974.
Nicholai Wiig Hansen – Night Owl
Rarely have parents shaped a person as much as Danish designer Nicholai Wiig Hansen. His mother was a ceramist and his father was the world-famous painter and sculptor Svend Wiig Hansen. So, it’s safe to say art has played a significant role in his life.
Nicholai’s most famous creation is the lamp Night Owl, which is inspired by the animal world – just like other lamps by the designer. The lamp head can be rotated, so that optics and light can be changed constantly.
Cecilie Manz – Caravaggio
Born in Denmark in1972, Cecilie Manz began her career in 1992 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts before founding her studio in Copenhagen. There, the designer sketches new designs on paper, the way it always used to be. Lamps like the Caravaggio embody her desire to combine Scandinavian simplicity with a modern, international twist.
For her work, which can be admired in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Cecilie Manz has received prestigious awards, including the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal, the Bruno Mathsson Prize and the Berlin Art Prize.
History of Fritz Hansen
The history of Fritz Hansen began in 1872 when the carpenter Fritz Hansen received a trading licence in Copenhagen. In 1885, he started his own furniture manufacturing company. And even at the time, what characterises Fritz Hansen today was already apparent: breathtaking, exquisite design.
Concert in etched and frosted glass by Jørn Utzon
Suspense with integrated diffuser by GamFratesi
Over the decades, great design icons, including Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton, have left their mark on the company. And although world-famous and true classics of good taste, the lamps make up only a small part of the company’s catalogue of work. Fritz Hansen has also made history with its furniture range, including The Church Chair by Kaare Klint, the Series 7™ chair and the Egg™ and Swan™ armchairs by Arne Jacobsen.
Calabash in silver aluminium by Komplot Design
Cross-Plex with striking acrylic frame by Bodil Kjær
About Fritz Hansen
Country of origin: Denmark
Year founded: 1872