Master cabinet maker Carl Hansen founded his company in Odense, Denmark in 1908. His son Holger took over and initiated a partnership with then-unknown designer Hans J. Wegner. Their collaboration continued throughout Wegner’s historic career.
Today, third generation Knud Erik Hansen, runs the family business. For over a decade, Carl Hansen & Søn manufactured furniture designed by great artists such as Tadao Ando, Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher, Poul Kjærholm and Hans J. Wegner
As a driving force behind ‘Danish Modern’, Hans J. Wegner helped change the general public’s view of furniture in the 1950s and 1960s. One of his most iconic designs is his Shell Chair.
The PK1 dining chair for instance, designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1955, is an early example of Kjærholm’s unique ability to combine steel with organic materials. The design has an understated look which requires skilled craftsmanship and an in-depth understanding of the inherent nature of the materials.
Carl Hansen & Søn is known as the world’s largest producer of architect Hans J. Wegner furniture that is nearly all made from wood that has grown in sustainable Danish forests. The 165 passionate employees ensure that every piece leaving the Danish production site is a masterpiece of precision.