Danish design is largely defined as a kind of minimalism that centers materials and simplicity. This character is largely thanks to Fredericia, which since 1911 has offered furnishings that are luxurious in their utility. Beginning as Thonet’s first Scandinavian producer, Fredericia soon became known for their affordable, mass-produced furniture that stands the test of time in both aesthetics and function. Two iconic chairs incorporated a global outlook: the Spanish Chair’s wide armrests took inspiration from Medieval Spanish construction, as did the Hunting Chair’s saddle leather seat and back which adjusts with brass buckles. Over the decades, Fredericia did the honorable work of keeping alive the legacy of Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner, not to mention keeping their designs in production.
By the 1980s the company was taking chances in collaborations with esteemed experimentalist Nanna Ditzel, known as the “Queen of Danish Design”, for avant-garde ranges of silkscreened aeroplane veneer. And the 21st Century sees Fredericia expanding their Danish roots to incorporate plastic collections by Welling Ludvik; honoring them with Space Copenhagen’s thoughtful updates of their famed hand upholstering; and retailing them at a new flagship in, where else, Copenhagen’s fashionable Nørreport neighborhood. Context Gallery has been a trusted partner with Fredericia for over a decade.