Hans J. Wegner

1914 - 2007

Among Danish furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner is considered one of the most creative, innovative and prolific. Often referred to as the master of the chair, Wegner designed more than 500 chairs in his lifetime – many of them considered masterpieces.. He is probably best known for his iconic Wishbone Chair which has been in continuous production since 1950.

The core of Wegner’s legacy is his focus on bringing the inner workings – the soul – of the furniture to the exterior, where the simplicity and functionality can be appreciated.

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Kaare Klint

1888 - 1954

Kaare Klint was renowned as a furniture designer, educator and visionary, and today, he is recognized as the father of modern Danish design. Klint designed icons like the 1914 Faaborg Chair and the 1933 Safari Chair, as well as the design for the reception room of the Danish Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.

Klint insisted on clear, logical design, clean lines, the best materials, and superb craftsmanship. His influence on future generations of designers and architects is still evident to this day.

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Ole Wanscher

1903 - 1985

Ole Wanscher was integral to the aesthetic and functionality of modern Danish design. Having studied under Kaare Klint, he helped shape Danish furniture design as a designer and as an educator when he took over Klint’s professorship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Wanscher’s classic and contemporary designs made him popular.  In 1958, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: “Owning a Wanscher chair is an adventure every day, and will be so even several hundred years from now, for this is how long it lasts”.

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Tadao Ando

1941 -

Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s design philosophy unites Japanese design traditions with modern Western expression. Ando is inspired by Le Corbusier with a style that is minimalistic and innovative, with a focus on functionality.

Ando has great respect for the work of Hans J. Wegner and has often used his furniture in his architecture projects. Ando produced his Wegner-inspired Dream Chair in collaboration with Carl Hansen & Søn, relying on century-long traditions of craftsmanship to achieve perfection.

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Mogens Koch

1888 - 1993

Mogens Koch's designs reveal some of the most elegant and important solutions to the requirements of function, comfort and aesthetics. His works, from homes to monuments, building extensions, and, of course, furniture – are original examples of universal utility.

Structural components and mathematics were key to Koch’s process. Traditional ornamentation for its own sake were not part of his ideology – an object’s purpose led the way. The modular concept for his Bookcase System is one of his major design successes.

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Frits Henningsen

1889 - 1965

Renowned as an uncompromising designer, Frits Henningsen viewed quality craftsmanship as essential, and unlike most cabinetmakers, always designed his own furniture pieces.

As a member of the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild, Henningsen became a major driver of the furniture exhibitions of the period, gaining recognition for his perfectionist style and vibrant personality. He gave new expression to traditional designs and drew inspiration from the French Empire, rococo, and British 17th-century furniture.

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Arne Jacobsen

1902 - 1971

One of Denmark's most respected architects, Arne Jacobsen has become synonymous with global modernism. His precise yet expressive aesthetic still serves as inspiration for contemporary designers, and his furniture designs, most created in connection with specific architectural projects, continue to excite both in Denmark and abroad.

While architecture was Jacobsen’s primary focus, he also made lighting, textiles, furniture and industrial designs, approaching all projects with the same perfectionism that defined his career.

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Børge Mogensen

1914 - 1972

Børge Mogensen’s creative process produced long-lasting pieces with humans at the center. He became a highly-influential, post-war designer and a leading representative of Danish Modern.

Mogensen’s democratic design included simple and functional wooden furniture for both private and public spaces, with calm aesthetics and strong construction from quality. He believed in visual clarity and minimal decoration or experimentation, as seen in his classic Hunting Table and Deck Chair Set.

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Poul Kjærholm

1929 - 1980

Poul Kjærholm mixed his strict, modern idiom with superior quality and materials rooted in Danish craftsmanship traditions. Despite his short career as a furniture designer, Kjærholm’s craftsmanship and clear expression resulted in timeless designs with a global influence.

Kjærholm became known for his functionalist steel, leather and glass furniture. He removed unnecessary ornamentation in favor of clarity and function, and avoided easy solutions and fads in his search for each material’s own language. 

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Brad Ascalon

1977 -

Brad Ascalon is an American designer born in 1977. He entered the art and design world at a young age. His grandfather, a sculptor and industrial designer, and his father, a renowned artist, encouraged a passion for design, craftsmanship and materials that would last.

Describing his approach as reductive, Ascalon creates uncomplicated, rational designs that balance form, function and concept. His method is both strategic and lyrical. Simple compositions form authentic solutions that fit naturally within their environment, creating perfect ambience and impact.

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Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen

Designer

Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen, trained as furniture upholsterer and cabinetmaker, respectively, met while studying under leading Danish designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

The duo designed around 300 works together, including the iconic Metropolitan Chair. While the chair was their favorite object, they also made other pieces from bedroom suites to bookshelves. The results were always simple and timeless, and their pieces have been exhibited in Denmark and internationally.

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Mogens Lassen

1901 - 1987

Architect Mogens Lassen created works rooted in cubist architectural ideals inspired by Le Corbusier. Considered a pioneer of Danish functionalism, Lassen’s designs showcased his ability to express ideas through diverse materials.

His simple, functional wooden furniture, like the folding Egyptian Table, have gone on to become furniture classics, while his 1930s works in steel continue to serve as original examples of the innovations of international modernism. 

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EOOS

Designer

Austrian design collaborative, EOOS, were established in Vienna in 1995 by Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann, and Harald Gründl. The trio study historical roots in a contemporary context and use a unique process called Poetical Analysis to create works. Their method focuses on myths, rituals and intuitive expressions, to create connections that extend beyond initial perceptions.

EOOS view design as a poetic discipline, and believe that end results should be able to accommodate changing needs and desires.

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Naja Utzon Popov

1973 -

Danish designer, Utzon Popov’s, life-long exposure to contemporary design is reflected in her work, where she translates her encounters with nature into stylish textiles, glassware, ceramics and sculptures.

Her beautiful rug designs unite compelling visuals and luxurious textures, and inspire poetic names, such as Botanica, Oceania and Woodlines. Her glass and ceramic designs can be seen around the world, including in the Feng Sushi restaurant chain in London and the Galeria Kunstmann in Mallorca.

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Anker Bak

1983 -

With his unconventional background and personal design approach, Anker Bak pushes conceptual and physical boundaries via quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality. His designs make a difference in people’s lives and meet real needs.

An example of this is the Rocking Nest Chair he made for his sister who needed a comfortable place to relax with her newborn baby. The chair’s distinct, minimalist, folding form shows Bak’s understanding of materials, function and aesthetics,  as well as society’s changing needs.

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Thomas Bo Kastholm

1963 -

Thomas Bo Kastholm followed in the footsteps of his father, designer Jørgen Kastholm. He studied interior design at the Danish Design School, graduating in 1989. After his studies, Kastholm launched his own career, working for studios in Denmark and Germany. Kastholm wanted to create designs that united diverse materials into compelling compositions with purpose

The TK8 Daybed, with its close ties to the core principles of classic, modern Danish design, achieved the ideals Kastholm strived for and became an instant success.

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Strand + Hvass

Designer

The Strand + Hvass duo is part of a new breed of Danish designers whose work continues in a direct line from their celebrated predecessors. The designers focus on simplicity, superior quality, and the combination of uniqueness and industrial production to create the modern classics of tomorrow. With the Extend Table design, Strand + Hvass infused the modern Danish furniture tradition with a bold new expression and additional functionality.

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Morten Gøttler

1944 -

Born in Copenhagen in 1944 and originally trained in shipping, Morten Gøttler became a self-taught designer and architect known for his exceptional understanding of wood.

He opened his own studio in 1972 and has worked in many genres, including furniture design, domestic art, packaging, toys, graphics and lighting. Gøttler’s clean, easy aesthetic is characterized by well-thought-out form, exquisite comfort, and close attention to detail – all brought to life using high-quality materials.

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Bodil Kjær

1932 -

Danish professor and architect Bodil Kjær has significantly contributed to the spread of Danish Modern design principles through her travels, knowledge gathering and promotion of the relationship between design and architecture.

Kjær views furniture construction from a purely technical perspective, interplayed with modern architecture and created for people. She always considers context and has collaborated with different professions in her desire to optimize physical settings.

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When you choose a Carl Hansen & Søn product, you gain more than just a piece of furniture. You become part of a proud tradition of distinctive and beautiful craftsmanship, where nothing has been left to chance. The world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, we also produce works by renowned design masters such as Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Ole Wanscher, Kaare Klint, Poul Kjærholm, Mogens Koch, Bodil Kjær and Tadao Ando. Carl Hansen & Søn represents over 100 years of Danish design history and our furniture is sold all over the world.  

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