Revamp for home of design icons
A thoughtfully designed, homely and flexible work environment aims to boost productivity and creativity and increase collaboration at Fritz Hansen’s newly refurbished headquarters.
Through partnerships with icons such as Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm, and notable new designers such as Cecilie Manz, Piero Lissoni and Jaime Hayon, Fritz Hansen has facilitated worldwide distribution for classics such as the Series 7 chair, the Egg, the PK range and Ro. Flagship stores can be found in Copenhagen, San Francisco, Milan and Tokyo. However, the small Zealand community of Allerød is the real heart of the company.
Large expanses of glass extend above an austere concrete façade, flooding the inside with daylight. The building, dating from the 1960s, is made up of a series of different zones. This includes the former factory, which was shut down in 1999 when production relocated to a more modern facility in Vassingerød, and an administrative building that opened in 1965 when Fritz Hansen’s office functions in Christianshavn transferred to Allerød. In the years that followed the new showroom at the headquarters was filled with the latest innovations of the time, such as the Super-Elliptic table. This democratic table with no corners, designed by Bruno Mathsson, Piet Hein and Arne Jacobsen, became one of Fritz Hansen’s biggest successes of the 1960s.
The new activity-based work environment that largely resembles a thoughtfully cosy home provides an ideal setting for creative work and the exchange of ideas, while carrying on Fritz Hansen’s heritage and at the same time shaping furniture history of the future.