Carl Hansen & Son reinforces Danish heritage with iconic works from trio
Carl Hansen & Son has reinforced its collection of iconic Danish designs with classic works by Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, and Mogens Lassen.
Renowned design classics such as Klint’s iconic Faaborg Chair, Koch’s legendary Bookcase System, and Lassen’s historically inspired Egyptian Table are becoming part of the Carl Hansen & Son collection, along with other iconic works from these three eminent designers.
Among the first Danish furniture designers to pave the way for functionalism, Klint, Koch, and Lassen came to play a crucial role in the Danish modern phenomenon, which put Denmark on the world map in the 1950s. With their visionary ideas and grasp of materials, they influenced generations of Danish furniture designers and, in the course of a few decades, created a number of iconic pieces of furniture that epitomized the golden age of Danish Design.
‘For decades, we have produced some of the best Danish furniture classics, and have built up a strong collection of works – created primarily in the 1950s and 1960s – by some of the finest Danish furniture designers of all time. The exclusive Klint, Koch, and Lassen pieces we are bringing on board represent some of the most outstanding designs of the 1930s and 1940s. Their addition to our collection enables us to tell the entire story of the Golden Age of Danish Design, adding new chapters about furniture designers who laid the foundation for their successors, including Hans J Wegner and Poul Kjærholm,’ said Knud Erik Hansen, Carl Hansen & Son ceo.
Among the designs originally produced by Rud Rasmussen which are joining the Carl Hansen & Son collection are Klint’s world-famous 1933 Safari Chair and his elegant Propeller Stool, which took shape on the drawing board in 1930 but was not completed until 1956. Also joining the collection are Klint’s precise 1933 Addition Sofa (pictured), the undulating 1930 Mix Chair, the inviting 1937 Easy Chair, and the elegant Red Chair Series of upholstered chairs designed between 1927 and 1932.
The Faaborg Chair, which Klint designed in 1914 and presented at the inauguration of the Danish Faaborg Museum in 1915, will also become part of the Carl Hansen & Son roster. One of the first modern furniture classics created by one of the biggest names in Danish design, the chair is regarded as a landmark work and is renowned for its clean look, unique construction, and original use of materials, including the French cane Klint used for the back and sides.
Another addition to the Carl Hansen & Son collection is Mogens Koch’s 1932 Folding Chair. The chair, which automatically self-stabilises when one sits on it, appeared extremely modern and minimal in its expression when first introduced, fulfilling the designer’s vision of naturally unifying function and aesthetics. Previously available only in beech, the Folding Chair will now also be available in oak.
Koch’s flexible 1928 Bookcase System is also becoming part of the Carl Hansen & Son collection. Previously manufactured in solid oak and walnut, the system will now also be available in black-painted oak. The final Koch additions – the upholstered Easy Chair 51 and Model 52 sofa – were designed in 1936 as a set of fireside furniture and feature a visible wood frame that lends the design a distinctive, minimalist look.
The final new addition to the Carl Hansen & Son collection comes from Mogens Lassen, a modernist pioneer strongly inspired by functionalist design ideals, especially those of French architect Le Corbusier. Lassen’s classic coffee table, the Egyptian Table, was first shown at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1940. Featuring a folding frame and elegant brass details, the round table was inspired by the folding stands found in Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb – hence the name.