Where some furniture designs aim to reflect tradition and others provide a contemporary re-interpretation, design heritage is undeniably prevalent within the furniture industry. Renowned for their craftsmanship, this issue profiles two unique companies that have maintained a long and established presence within furniture production.
Danish Cabinet-maker Fritz Hansen started a furniture production company in 1885. 120 years later, the company is recognised within both Danish and international design history for its long list of iconic furniture items and design collaborations. In this month’s Insight, the company’s Executive Vice President Sales and Brands Management, Sofie Lindahl Jessen, discusses the brand’s heritage and long dedication to design innovation.
Meanwhile, The Barnsley Workshop is a British independent furniture workshop that has stood the test of time. The workshop was established in 1923 and still thrives regardless of competing against popular companies that mass produce – something that dominates 21st Century furniture production. Read the interview with James Ryan, Head Designer of The Barnsley Workshop, on page 13.
Elsewhere in this issue a focus on lighting presents a prestigious Milan apartment designed by a celebrity interior designer, this month’s Inspire discusses how office design can tackle the problems associated with an aging workforce and Tom Dixon’s new restaurant design demonstrates design prowess on page 32.