As our products are to be used by people, they must always be tested by people and not just by machines. Therefore, as a part of our focus on Premium Quality, we have introduced the so-called Premium Check. Premium Check ensures that every product is tried and tested thoroughly by one of our specially trained employees, just before it is packed and sent of to the customer. We want to ensure that the customer gets the very most out of the product from the very start and that it lives up to our high quality requirements.
Our employees test whether the product acts and feels right and lives up to Fritz Hansen’s high standards for Premium Quality. Each product is tested thoroughly and according to detailed guidelines, which are developed especially for the individual design. After the product has been approved, the employee signs and dates a quality document. This document is included with the product when it is sent out to the customer, as proof that the product has been through a Premium Check.
Fritz Hansen’s unique office chair has had pride of place in the Hansen family’s office for 75 years.
The office chair that Fritz Hansen made for himself in 1878 was very different from the furniture he made for his clients. It is the first and only example from the period of a chair constructed with laminated veneer, from which the backrest was made. A truly visionary choice, seeing that laminated veneer would become almost synonymous with the company with chairs like Ant™, Series 7™ and Grand Prix™.
But the office chair’s design was just as radical as the choice of material. Its aesthetics would not be common in Denmark until the 1930s – a whole half-century later. Thus, it was an early predecessor to the simple, thoughtful designs that would make the company inter-nationally renowned.
Kaare Klint was exposed to architecture from a young age thanks to the work of his father, Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, on the renowned Grundtvig’s Church in Copenhagen. The church is an architectural landmark of Copenhagen, and a unique blending of Gothic and Brick Expressionist styles. It is surrounded by a residential development, also designed by Jensen Klint. When his father died in 1930, it was Kaare Klint who completed the work over the following decade. It was as a furniture designer, however, that Klint made his indelible mark.
Considered the father of Danish Modern design, Klint co-founded the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Furniture School in 1923, where he became a professor the following year. Many of the leading designers of the mid-century era, including Hans J. Wegner, Ole Wanscher, Børge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen, and Poul Kjærholm came of age at the so-called ‘Klint School’.
In 1936, Klint and Fritz Hansen collaborated on the Church Chair for the Bethlehem Church in Copenhagen. Today, the chair is best known for its placement at Grundtvig’s Church. Traditional and functional, Klint’s chair was inspired by Shaker furniture. The aim was to introduce chairs, rather than benches, to churches. The chair remains one of Klint’s most recognised pieces and has been produced in a number of variations. The Church Chair was in production until 2004, making it one of the most successful products in Fritz Hansen history.
Kaare Klint’s design ideology combined Danish functionalism, systematization, and modularity, under-pinned by a strong sense of proportionality. Klint emphasised the importance of high-quality materials, craftsmanship, and an appreciation of furniture design in a wider historical context. This philosophy matches Fritz Hansen’s own, highlighting why the partnership with Klint worked so well.
Klint drew inspiration from history while always considering modern function and comfort. With this design credo, he brought furniture design to another level – and into people’s lives.