The history of Fritz Hansen begins in 1872, where the enterprising cabinet maker Fritz Hansen from Nakskov obtains a trade license in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1885 he starts a furniture production company and he as his son Christian initiated the high quality level, which has been the trademark of Fritz Hansen's product ever since. Early in the 1930's his son starts to experiment with steam bending beech, which later evolves into the firm's specialty: furniture created in laminate wood. The cooperation between an architect and a designer Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen dates back to1934 but in the fifties Arne Jacobsen propelled his and Fritz Hansen's names into furniture history with the never ending success story of Series 7chair.
The Series 7™ designed by Arne Jacobsen is by far the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen and perhaps also in furniture history. The pressure moulded veneer chair is a further development of the classic Ant™ chair. The four-legged stackable chair can be seen as the culmination of the use of the lamination technique. A technique refined to perfection during the Twenties and Thirties by Søren C. Hansen, the grandson of the founder, Fritz Hansen. The visionary Arne Jacobsen exploited the possibilities of lamination to perfection resulting in the iconic shape of the chair. Series 7 represents the chair in the Fritz Hansen collection with the widest range of applications.
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