Frits Henningsen's Signature Chair clearly emphasizes Henningsen's work with achieving both comfort and elegance through the use of graceful, curved lines.
The Signature Chair reflects Frits Henningsen's growing emphasis on elegance and a design philosophy that gradually evolved towards increased simplicity and precision. With its soft, inviting shapes and floating armrests, the Signature Chair is one of Frits Henningsen's most light and simple designs.
The chair that put the finishing touch on Frits Henningsen's lifework was produced in fewer than 20 pieces. However, through access to Frits Henningsen's archives and close collaboration with the designer's family, the chair is now being made available to the general public.
- Oak, Walnut
- Height: 40.2" / 102 cm
- Seat Height: 16.1" / 41 cm
- Width: 26.4" / 67 cm
- Depth: 35" / 89 cm
Carl Hansen & Son FH429 Signature Chair Designed by:
- Frits Henningsen , 1954
Denmark, 1889 - 1965
Frits Henningsen was a Danish furniture designer and cabinet maker who achieved high standards of quality with exclusively handmade pieces. Henningsen was both the proprietor of a furniture-making workshop with a team of cabinetmakers in central Copenhagen as well as the designer of his own products. An active member of the Cabinetmakers Guild from 1927, he was admired by his peers for the high quality of his craftsmanship.
Many of his pieces were crafted in exotic woods such as palisander and mahogany. All his furniture is handmade in line with traditional, labour-intensive methods from the 19th century. His pieces are noted for their elegance, above all for the soft curves in the arms of his chairs and sofas, demonstrating his traditional approach aiming to combine style and comfort.
In 1942, Henningsen distanced himself from the younger designers of the day who increasingly used straight lines in their work, believing furniture design needed to maintain curvature which contributed to a homely look.