The story of Fritz Hansen begins in 1872, when the entrepreneurial carpenter Fritz Hansen from Nakskov obtains a trading license in Copenhagen. 1885 was a decisive year for him when he started his own furniture-making business. Just two years later, he was able to establish a flourishing workshop in Christianshavn, in the center of Copenhagen. Fritz and his son Christian introduced the high level of quality that has characterized Fritz Hansen products ever since.
The long list of prestigious orders from the first fifty years of the company's history shows the reputation Fritz Hansen already had at the beginning of the 20th century. The first classic is the China™ chair from 1944, which was designed by the progressive architect Hans J. Wegner. In the 1950s, Arne Jacobsen dominated the design at Fritz Hansen. The collaboration began in 1934, but the breakthrough came with the development of the Ameise™ plywood chair. The chair later led to the everlasting success story of the Series 7™ chair - and other chairs made of molded veneer wood. The inspiration for the Ant came from Heidt & Molggard's AX series and the introduction of plywood technology and separable furniture is still a milestone in Fritz Hansen's history.
With the creation of the classic style icons Ei™ and Schwan™, which he developed for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen's star now shines even brighter. The launch of his 3300™ series further reinforced this myth. Verner Canton also entered the arena during this period with his Bachelor chairs. However, the decade belongs to Arne Jacobsen.
In 2015, Fritz Hansen celebrated the 60th birthday of the classic Series 7™ chair under the motto "60 years of perfect form".