TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN

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Since 1911 Fredericia has been devoted to good craftsmanship - whether executed in hand or utilising high-tech machinery and materials.

We draw on our experience in order to ensure that there is craftsmanship quality in the new types of furniture that we develop. At the same time, with our combined knowledge of craftsmanship and insight into modern furniture production, we are ensuring that there is no loss of quality when new technology takes the place of traditional methods.

 

While our own factory in the Danish town of Fredericia remains the headquarters for upholstering, assembling and quality control, we have a close-knit collaboration with industry-leading local suppliers with knowledge in areas as diverse as plywood moulding, plastic infusion and steel processing. In our network we are able to provide premium quality in every area of our diverse furniture range.

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CABINET-MAKER’S HERITAGE

Fredericia’s design portfolio reaches more than 70 years back in time, but all furniture in our collection was created with forward thinking, taking the circumstances for production into account.

 

The straight lines and structured shape of the Spanish chair exemplifies Børge Mogensen’s masterful ability to work within the limits of industrial machinery at our factory in the 1950’s, while still creating a bold and groundbreaking design.

 

The Spanish chair is not only created with the best materials that can be found, it is also an example of industrial excellence that maintains the warmth and sensory feeling of natural materials. This approach continues to be our point of reference when looking at new material innovations.

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PERFECTING PLASTIC INFUSTION

In 2013, we asked design duo Welling/Ludvik to create our first plastic chair. In collaboration with a local subcontractor, we succeeded in developing a shell surface to set new standards for finish and execution of a 100% recyclable polypropylene chair.

 

The shell has a dense content structure that ensures a silky, yet resilient, surface. In Pato we have succeeded in replicating our standards of texture and finish from our wooden furniture for an industrial variation. By adding a beveled edge to the shell, Welling/Ludvik furthermore incorporated a visual motif from the joinery traditions, maximising the chair’s visual lightness and craftsmanship finesse.

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TECHNOLOGY CREATING NEW POSSIBILITIES

Successful new furniture designs often arise from technological development and new production techniques or  material application methods that can help in pushing furniture design one step further. Nanna Ditzel’s 1993 Trinidad chair exemplifies this. By twisting the modernist mantra of material reduction against its original intent, Nanna Ditzel created a postmodern decorative element in the shell of the Trinidad chair.

 

This remarkable design statement was possible thanks to the first 5-axel CNC-mill’s arrival into Denmark. The Trinidad Chair won several international design awards, including the ID prize for industrial design, due to the new technology that was utilised to create a completely new expression in the field of plywood shell furniture. The success of the Trinidad chair was the start of Nanna Ditzel tenure as Fredericia’s house designer, and she remained amazingly productive until her death in 2005.

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PLYWOOD MOULDING

The restricted properties of plywood continues to inspire designers all around the world. The Gallery Stool designed by Hans Sandgren Jakobsen in 1998 and developed by Fredericia, was a never seen utilisation of plywood technology, bending the wood in three different dimensions to create a sculptural and durable stool.

 

Today, the emergence of 3D plywood technology has entered a remarkable stage, and almost every shape is now attainable. At Fredericia, we welcomed this new innovation in 2008, we applied it to Thomas Pedersen’s Stingray, and created the worlds largest 3D veneer press. The wooden shell upholsters much better than plastic, and it allowed for the already iconic Stingray to enter a whole new sphere of use.

 

MADE IN DENMARK

90% of Fredericia products are made in Denmark, with 10% made in the EU.

All parts are sourced locally and within the EU.