The co-operation between the designers and Fredericia Furniture is based on a common passion for furniture design and respect for quality. These are values that we also share with the people who surround themselves with our furniture. Our ambition is to create furniture that combines the functional with the aesthetic. Furniture that is needed and made to be used. Furniture that is a delight to the eye every day – also when taken over by the next generation.
Fredericia Furniture is a family-owned business, which has contributed to creating international respect for Danish design for generations. The business is closely connected to the name of Børge Mogensen and it produces the majority of the famous furniture architect’s classics. Since the beginning of the 1990s, co-operation with some of today’s best Danish designers has drawn renewed attention to Fredericia Furniture, the collection of which comprises some of the most talked about and prized furniture in recent years.
Fredericia Furniture’s history dates back to 1911 when the limited liability company Fredericia Stolefabrik was founded. In 1955, 30-year-old Andreas Graversen took over the share capital and set a new and ambitious course for the company. Andreas Graversen was a former business manager with the Danish cooperative FDB where he met the furniture architect Børge Mogensen. Together they initiated a targeted effort to renew the factory’s collection with high-quality furniture. This heralded the beginning of a close co-operation and friendship, which bore fruit in the form of some of the greatest post-war classics and which continued until Børge Mogensen’s premature death in 1972.
In 1995, the company was taken over by Andreas Graversen’s son, Thomas Graversen. Through his choice of designers he has influenced Fredericia Furniture in a more progressive direction and secured a place for the company at the forefront of design furniture manufacturers. At the same time, Thomas Graversen has protected Fredericia Furniture’s heritage. Through purchases he has brought the most important Børge Mogensen furniture together under one roof, including classics such as the slat sofa and the braided chair J39. And what is also important is that he has continued the tradition of uncompromisingly insisting on the best quality in design, choice of materials and production.
The furniture in Fredericia Furniture’s collection ranges from classics rooted in the golden age of Danish furniture architecture to daring and innovative designs such as Cecilie Manz’s prized side table Micado. But even though the collection covers a historical period of more than half a century, the furniture has been created with the same sense of quality and the same courage to try something new in the search for the good design.
Our production is modern and up-to-date but it is based on the same handicraft traditions that founded the company’s success 50 years ago. And, as we did then, we still emphasise a close co-operation between manufacturer and designer because ongoing dialogue guarantees the best result when creating a new piece of furniture.
It is okay for novelties to be sensational and to point ahead as long as they fit into our design philosophy. There must be a balance between the functional and the aesthetic. The design must spring from an idea because there must be a story behind it. When these requirements have been fulfilled it does not matter how new or old a piece of furniture is. Our opinion is that all good things can be in the same room.
The veneer version of the Stingray rocker was created by the young Danish designer Thomas Pedersen, and was conceived as an innovative reworking of Pedersen’s earlier Stingray in plastic.
It is available in oak, walnut and the African wood makassar.
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