Carl Hansen & Son adds to Danish design portfolio
Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has added to its portfolio of Danish design with the acquisition of Soborg Mobler.
The move adds renowned designers such as Borge Mogensen – one of the major contributors to the Golden Age of Danish design – Knud Holscher, Flemming Hvidt, and Christian Hvidt to its growing circle of designers.
‘One of our main reasons for acquiring Soborg Mobler is precisely to guarantee the Danish design classics a long life – also outside of Denmark. Our vision is to gather and preserve some of the greatest design icons under one roof and to make use of our international distribution network and professional marketing platform in order to distribute them to a larger global market,’ said Knud Erik Hansen, Carl Hansen & Son ceo.
‘The acquisition of the almost 130-year-old company also includes the design rights to an interesting collection, which, among other things, contains the elegant Hunter’s Table by Borge Mogensen from 1950, his distinctive King of Diamonds Chair from 1944 [pictured] as well as the illustrious designer’s Deck Chair Set.’
Until now Soborg Mobler’s products have mainly only been available in the Scandinavian markets, and Hansen wants to further boost exports: 75% of the group’s products are exported.
‘We feel a great responsibility for preserving the classic Danish designs and ensuring that they continue to be produced in Denmark. With our future-proof production facilities, Carl Hansen & Son is today one of Europe’s most modern furniture makers. This year alone, we’re investing just over €13.5m in machinery and buildings. At the same time, we have some of the most highly-skilled cabinetmakers and craftsmen, which is a prerequisite for producing furniture of the highest quality.’
Until 2011, the Danish furniture manufacturer was almost exclusively known for its furniture designed by Hans J Wegner. ‘Today, we also manufacture furniture designed by Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher, Frits Henningsen, Mogens Koch, Poul Kjærholm, Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen and Mogens Lassen, and we’ve entered international partnerships with the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the Austrian design trio Eoos, among others. Most recently, we’ve established partnerships with Danish designers such as Naja Utzon Popov and Anker Bak,’ Hansen added.