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Lean back and enjoy: Introducing the Republic of Fritz Hansen

Interior designer Fritz Hansen is one of the dinosaurs of Danish furniture design. And he's more popular than ever, thanks to his timeless classics. Allow me to explain why the following items are worth the investment and what makes the Danes so good at design.

When Fritz Hansen bought a small carpenter’s workshop in Copenhagen back in 1872, he did not realise that he was laying the foundation for a fairy-tale-like success story. His own furniture collections were soon complemented with pieces by other renowned designers – including Poul Kjaerholm and Arne Jacobsen. The latter famously created the «Egg Chair» in 1958. A design cult classic that makes furniture lovers gasp to this day – me included.

Design eggsellence

I’ve been dreaming of a cosy reading corner for ages. And the Egg Chair by Republic by Fritz Hansen is at the top of my list. The chair is not only stylish and sturdy but also hyggelig – to use the latest Danish trend word that roughly translates as «cosiness». The true showstopper of this piece of furniture is its padding around the head area. Whenever I need a break from my husband, it doesn’t let me down. It also provides a safe haven in my own home. True, the ear chair is not what you’d call cheap. But it’s a true investment and increases in value like a good bottle of wine. I’d better start saving up.

The chairs and armchairs are available in various muted colours.
Image: Republic of Fritz Hansen

Five reasons why the Danes are great at design

Hygge: When it comes to design, nobody strikes the balance between comfort and beauty quite as well as the Scandinavians.

Calm down: Typically nordic colours are muted shades like greys and beiges. They have a calming effect and provide a great contrast to our busy professional lives.

Minimalism: You’ll look in vain for frilly details. But clear, sobre lines and high-quality designs are daily business up north. This formula makes the designs equally appealing to men and women.

Eye-catchers: The designer objects turn every nook into an eye-catcher. In other words, a chair doesn’t necessarily have to be sat. it will work just as well as a decorative element.

Investment: Quality comes at a price, so it’s worth splashing out. In return, you’re investing in a timeless piece that won’t suffer a loss of value – on the contrary.

Too round? The «Swan Chair» is a great alternative.
Image: Republic of Fritz Hansen

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Vanessa Kim, Zurich

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When I’m not exploring the depths of the sea as an open water diver, I enjoy plunging into the world of fashion. On the streets of Paris, Milan and New York is where I keep my eyes peeled for the latest trends. And I’ll show you how to take them from the catwalk to your everyday life.

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