Last week I talked about one of the reasons why I traveled to Copenhagen recently. Today I want to talk about the other reason: I went to Copenhagen to discover more Danish design. This time it was all about Fredericia Furniture. Let me take you on a little virtual tour as we visit the showroom of Fredericia.
Fredericia is a family-run business and has been around since 1911. Yet I discovered the brand only recently, like a few months ago during a press event in Munich. But quickly I realized that I’ve known Fredericia for quite a while – without being aware of it! How come you might wonder. Well, Fredericia is the producer of some timeless Danish design pieces like the Spanish Chair or the J39 Chair by Borge Mogensen. But Fredericia is more than the edition of Danish design classics. Fredericia also collaborates with renown designers for special furniture collections. Jasper Morrison, Space Copenhagen, Gamfratesi, or Thomas Pedersen are among those working with Fredericia Furniture.
Our first stop in Copenhagen was the fantastic showroom of Fredericia Furniture. Located in an ancient post office building in Copenhagen’s city center, it breathes with history and charm. Where previously armadas of people were connecting phone calls, today a new design armada fills the space. Carefully selected design classic originals stand next to new and colourful collections. But one thing unites them all: Their commitment to the Danish design heritage and the emphasis of craftsmanship.
The guided tour by the owner Thomas Graversen and his son was very insightful as we learned about the company’s history and new and upcoming design projects. Furthermore we had the opportunity to experience the craftsmanship put into the making of a Spanish Chair. A leather expert from Sweden showed us how the leather is processed and cut for the Spanish Chair. Afterwards we got the chance to make our own key ring leather strap – what a nice little souvenir to bring home! To get a full understanding of the design process we continued to the office of Space Copenhagen, a design studio that collaborates successfully with Fredericia. We got first-hand insights into the design process from an idea to a finish product. Quite a journey, I tell you!
The day was crowned by a fantastic dinner in Fredericia’s top floor. Magnificent views over Copenhagen’s rooftops were only challenged by the beautiful Fredericia furniture, the dramatic tablesetting featuring flatware and silver candleholders by Georg Jensen, as well as a delicious five-course dinner. Add good friends to the table, yummy cocktails after dinner, and you know how magical a night in Copenhagen can be! Hope to see you soon again, you beautiful city!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Fredericia Furniture. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Photography by Igor Josifovic