FRITZ HANSEN - NEWEST RELEASES 2018
FRITZ HANSEN NEW ITEMS IN 2018
PLANNER™ COFFEE TABLES
We are pleased to introduce to our portfolio a new American designer, Paul McCobb, and relaunch his Planner™ coffee tables.
The Planner™ coffee table is part of a relaunched collection by legendary American designer Paul McCobb. Paul McCobb was one of the leading figures within the American design movement of the 1950s. He was known for creating slender designs where form follows function and the table series is a brilliant example of this. The new table top comes in two kinds of Turkish marble, the dark Charcoal and the light Cream, suitable for any modern home valuing the simplicity and materials used in contemporary design. The structured yet minimalist marble surface is placed on a powder-coated steel base. It is an honest design that contains only essential elements – a table top and a base – to serve its purpose as a practical solution for planning your interior.
(1917 - 1969)
American Paul McCobb was completely self-taught but his profound understanding of perspective paved the way for his emerging career as one of the most important designers of the time. Perspective and scale in particular became a trademark for McCobb, whose tables, shelves and even lamps were the result of meticulous attention to the room the design would inhabit. Thin lines, simplicity of form and a distinct lightness characterise the works of Paul McCobb. He was a realist and a perfectionist and his design pieces are a clear reflection of his personality.
CROSS-PLEX™ TABLE LAMP
Design by Bodil Kjaer in 1961
The Cross-Plex™ lamp reflects Bodil Kjaer’s philosophy of not merely designing but creating solutions and solving problems. The lamp was conceived after Kjaer burnt some newspapers on lit candles at her home; The solution was to design a lamp that could substitute the use of candles whilst bringing the same kind of ‘Hygge’ to the room.
The Cross-Plex™ lamp is a true example of Bodil Kjaer’s functionalistic approach to design with its clean-cut and straight lines. The base in clear acrylic glass is shaped like a cross and constructed as a puzzle, leaving the exact amount of space needed for the cord to ascend in the centre where it perfectly meets the socket. The cubic shade is formed from opal acrylic glass and when seen in profile, the table lamp almost looks like a miniature building with the opal shade representing an illuminated roof - touching upon aesthetics of big-city nightlife and international hotel interiors.
(1932 - Present)
Architect MAA, designer and Professor Bodil Kjaer grew up in Jutland, Denmark but travelled to London, New York and Washington D.C. to study and work. Today she has a resume of more than 56 pages and she has worked with some of the most prominent names within architecture and design during her career. Bodil Kjaer has what she calls a problem-solving approach to design; she wants to create solutions to ‘functional, economic and aesthetic problems and she refers to her own designs as elements of architecture.
The Cross-Plex lamp comes in two heights; a 300-mm version and a 500-mm version – we call them Cross-Plex™ lamp 300 and Cross-Plex™ lamp 500.
Designed by Michael Geertsen
Semi-transparent, sculptural and sensuous characterise the Dogu™ lamp by the versatile artist Michael Geertsen, whose art is inspired by the correlation between sculpture and functionality. The Dogu lamp is quite similar to Geertsen’s art with its organic silhouette and smooth surface. The name "Dogu” is Japanese and refers to the traditional ceramic figures shaped like animals and manlike creatures and more than 10,000 years old. They had no utility value; however, they had great immaterial and emotional function. In the shape of Geertsen’s modern Dogu lamp, these properties are combined in a useful and aesthetic function. The moulded lamp shade is made of bone china, a semi-transparent material made of white clay with bone ash, which gives it a sensuous and light expression. The lamp casts a soft and golden light, which characterises the Nordic tradition of applying light to bring out a certain mood and atmosphere. The small irregularities of the bone china resemble the natural marks of e.g. natural leather and add life and personality to the material, which accentuate the unique diversity of the lamps.
Dogu is curved from the cord to the base - from the bone china lamp shade to the aluminium suspension. This suspension has small gaps, which cast the light upwards. The result is a pleasant, soft and diffused light.
(1966 - Present)
Michael Geertsen from Denmark was born in 1966 and finished his apprenticeship as a ceramicist in 1988. He graduated from the department of Industrial Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 1993, where he gained a deep understanding of the Danish design principles regarding the integrity of shapes and the sensitivity of materials. At the same time, Geertsen’s designs represent an exceptional courage that exists somewhere between art, craftsmanship and design. During his career, Geertsen has developed his own unique design expression in his sculptural ceramics - a design expression which is also reflected in his designs for Lightyears. Both as an artist and as a designer, Michael Geertsen deconstructs and interprets classic, ceramic objects and his fascination of cylindrical and conic contours are both evident and enthralling in his lamp design.
Michael Geertsen’s art can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum and MAD/Museum of Arts and Design in New York, as well as in The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and many other places.