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Frits Schegel Sofa Bench, Denmark 1930s



FRITS SCHLEGEL & FRITZ HANSEN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN A beautiful and rare sofa bench by Frits Schlegel and manufactured by Fritz Hansen, 1940, with maker's brass plaque and paper label. The sofa bench is with moulded beech frame and seat and back beautifully upholstered with Raf Simons Kvadrat wool/linen fabric, fitted with buttons. Provenance: Made by special order for The National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen (reference, Fritz Hansen's internal catalogue). A collector's item and a stunning addition to both classic and modern interiors. Excellent vintage condition. About us: We specialise in fine works of original twentieth-century design with specific focus on Scandinavian design from the period 1930 to 1960. We procure items that have a history and/or have a particular aesthetic from the period. Our collection represents some of the finest examples of craftsmanship, architecture, and high-grade design by the most renowned Scandinavian 20th Century designers including Hans J. Wegner, Arne Vodder, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Poul Henningsen, Alvar Aalto, Paavo Tynell, Estrid Ericson, Poul Kjærholm, Mogens Lassen and Josef Frank. We are extraordinarily passionate about Kaare Klint and have over the years gained a significant knowledge of his craftmanship and have included many beautiful Kaare Klint pieces in our inventory. We have a long history of working with international galleries, interior architects and private collectors. Please feel free to contact us for specific requests or if you should wish to arrange a personal viewing.


  • Creator
    Frits Schlegel (Designer),Fritz Hansen (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Width: 55.12 in. (140 cm)Depth: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Seat Height: 18.51 in. (47 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. The seat and back have been reupholstered. The beech frame have been left with patina.
  • Seller Location
    Copenhagen, DK
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1541221283542

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    Ships From: Copenhagen, Denmark
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About the Manufacturer

Fritz Hansen

When the Copenhagen-based furniture maker Fritz Hansen opened for business more than 140 years ago, the company — which today styles itself The Republic of Fritz Hansen — adhered to the traditional, time-honored Danish values of craftsmanship in woodworking and joinery. Yet thanks to the postwar innovations of Arne Jacobsen and others, Fritz Hansen would become the country’s leader in modernist design using new, forward-looking materials and methods. Fritz Hansen started his company in 1872, specializing in the manufacture of small furniture parts. In 1915, the firm became the first in Denmark to make chairs using steam-bent wood (a technique most familiar from birch used in the ubiquitous café chairs by Austrian maker Thonet). At the time, Fritz Hansen was best known for seating that featured curved legs and curlicue splats and referenced 18th-century Chippendale designs. In the next few decades, the company promoted simple, plain chairs with slatted backs and cane or rush seats designed by such proto-modernist masters as Kaare Klint and Søren Hansen. Still, the most aesthetically striking piece Fritz Hansen produced in the first half of the 20th century was arguably the China chair of 1944 by Hans Wegner — and that piece, with its yoke-shaped bentwood back- and armrest, was based on seating manufactured in China during the Ming dynasty. (Wegner was moved by portraits he’d seen of Danish merchants in the Chinese chairs.) Everything changed in 1952 with Arne Jacobsen’s Ant chair. The collaboration between the architect and Fritz Hansen officially originated in 1934 — that year, Jacobsen created his inaugural piece for the manufacturer, the solid beechwood Bellevue chair for a restaurant commission. The Ant chair, however, was the breakthrough. Designed by Jacobsen for the cafeteria of a Danish healthcare company called Novo Nordisk, the Ant was composed of a seat and backrest formed from a single piece of molded plywood attached, in its original iteration, to three tubular metal legs. Its silhouette suggests the shape of the insect’s body, and the lightweight, stackable chair and its biomorphic form became an international hit. Jacobsen followed with more plywood successes, such as the Grand Prix chair of 1957. The following year he designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and its furnishings, including the Egg chair and the Swan chair. Those two upholstered pieces, with their lush, organic frames made of fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane, have become the two chairs most emblematic of mid-20th-century cool. Moreover, the Egg and Swan led Fritz Hansen to fully embrace new man-made materials, like foam, plastic and steel wire used to realize the avant-garde creations of later generations of designers with whom the firm collaborated, such as Piet Hein, Jørn Utzon (the architect of the Sydney Opera House) and Verner Panton. If the Fritz Hansen of 1872 would not now recognize his company, today’s connoisseurs certainly do.
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