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Fritz Hansen Gives New Life to an Arne Jacobsen Classic

With a fresh update to the FH3605 desk, the heritage brand continues celebrating its 150th anniversary—and championing the Danish design tradition.

Photo: Courtesy of Fritz Hansen.

Fritz Hansen is ringing in its 150th anniversary in style. Since the Danish furniture brand was founded in 1872, its collaborations with luminaries like Poul Kjærholm, Hans J. Wegner, and Arne Jacobsen have proven instrumental in defining Nordic design and yielded a rich array of timeless classics. In celebration of its milestone birthday, the company has been reissuing its greatest hits. The latest is Jacobsen’s minimalist FH3605 desk.

Visually, the writing desk sits at the intersection of Scandinavian midcentury and industrial design thanks to its streamlined functionality and hairpin legs. According to Fritz Hansen head of design Marie-Louise Høstbo, the “paradigm of aesthetic durability” allows the desk to complement any living or workspace—its pragmatic footprint won’t overwhelm city dwellings, something of a rarity with such storied archival pieces. 

For the 2022 relaunch, Jacobsen enthusiasts can look forward to choosing from new surface finishes and an optional desk drawer, all of which are made of FSC-certified wood and fixed upon chrome or powder-coated steel legs first conceived by Jacobsen in 1955. Fritz Hansen at 150 is a testament to its staying power in the discourse of design, but even the most timeless pieces benefit from a refresh from time to time.

Photo: Courtesy of Fritz Hansen
Photo: Courtesy of Fritz Hansen.
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