FLAGSHIP STORE COPENHAGEN
Project category: Retail
Furniture: Carl Hansen & Søn design furniture
Location: Bredgade 21, 1260 Copenhagen
Architect: Carl Hansen & Søn
In the heart of one of Copenhagen's oldest neighborhoods lies the city's most beautiful exhibition of iconic furniture classics, created by a group of the most important Danish furniture designers. The place is the Carl Hansen & Søn Flagship Store located at Bredgade 21 and 23. Just across the street in no. 18 is the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop, where visitors can experience furniture craftsmanship performed live.
The location of this unique furniture universe is ideal. Bredgade is one of the most prominent axes in the central district of Frederiksstaden, which features the Amalienborg Palace as its preeminent building. Construction of this neighborhood began in 1750 to mark the 300th anniversary of the House of Oldenburg ascending to the Danish throne. Bredgade has been one of Copenhagen's most fashionable streets ever since. Today, in addition to its many architectural treasures, it is home to a number of galleries, art stores and antique furniture dealers, alongside a host of gold and silversmiths.
The Carl Hansen & Søn Flagship Store spans across two stories in two adjacent buildings, connected by an open passage way. No. 21 is more modern and boasts a simple, white façade. Both the ground floor and the first floor have large glass fronts facing out onto the street, placing the furniture exhibition on full display.
No. 18 and no. 23 are built in a classic 1800s Copenhagen style, with freshly plastered façades in beautiful sand colors. Both buildings have a certain depth to them, and this has made it possible to create a series of interconnected rooms which perfectly frame the furniture pieces inside.
LAYOUT & FURNISHINGS
Carl Hansen & Søn's collection – which is comprised of iconic Danish Modern designs – is now gathered in one place. The pieces have been created by a wide range of the world’s most renowned furniture designers, and they all unite aesthetics, craftsmanship and high functionality in the most exemplary manner. With these qualities as the common denominator, it is possible to re-arrange and juxtapose virtually all of the pieces, even though they have been created over several years – and this is exactly what Carl Hansen & Søn are doing at the store. The result is that you get a new perspective and new inspiration every time you take a look around the Bredgade store.
The portfolio of designers involved in the collection includes, among others, Hans J. Wegner, whose furniture has earned its place in design history for its eminent comfort and sculptural beauty, and for the way it expresses Wegner’s unique mastery of wood as a material. Other renowned designers include Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Frits Henningsen, Ole Wanscher, Poul Kjærholm, Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen, Mogens Lassen and Morten Gøttler. They are joined by a new generation of designers at Carl Hansen & Søn, including Beach & Hvass, Thomas Bo Kastholm, Tadao Ando, EOOS, Anker Bak and the versatile artist Naja Utzon Popov.
CEO and owner Knud Erik Hansen says:
“The Carl Hansen & Søn flagship store showcases the best of modern Danish furniture and classic craftsmanship. Our collection spans over a century of masterworks, from iconic pieces by renowned design masters of the Danish Modern period to new works by contemporary design visionaries. Our ambition, as always, is to preserve Danish design classics while continuing to expand our collection through collaborations with influential new designers and architects who uphold the core Danish Modern principles of simplicity, functionality and craftsmanship.
As the primary design street in Copenhagen, Bredgade – a fashionable location since the 1780s and a central hub for Danish design and craftsmanship – makes of an ideal home for the Carl Hansen & Søn universe. We cherish every opportunity to welcome both design aficionados and those new to the story of Danish design and craftsmanship, to share our legacy, and to help shape the future of design and how it affects our lives.”