April is always an exciting time. Not only is it when spring finally graces us with its presence, but it is also synonym with Milan’s Salone del Mobile – One of the biggest global design events. Each year, companies are making the most of this ultra popular fair by revealing exciting collaborations and new products.
Danish brand Fritz Hansen is one of them. It just shared information about several additions to their assortment, many of which are relaunches. Here, I selected five of them that caught my attention and I thought you would like to see, too.
1. Shelving Series (shown above)
The latest addition to Fritz Hansen’s Planner™ collection of furniture and objects is a new shelving series with a modern design and multifunctional appeal. Designed in the 1950s by the late Paul McCobb, a pioneer of contemporary “democratic” design, the units have Bauhaus-inspired lines crafted in durable powder-coated steel with a matte finish. Joints are welded by hand and gently rounded to soften the overall expression. Shelves are cut from natural oak, bevelled at the edges to fit seamlessly with the frame – A small but significant detail, that enhances the simple yet striking look.
The shelving is available in three versions, each in varying heights and configurations to create a bookshelf, a display unit or even as a room divider, as multiple units can be attached together.
2. Table Mirror
Fritz Hansen’s sophisticated Table Mirror proves that beauty’s true reflection lies in simplicity, demonstrating the timeless appeal of mid-century modern design. It is part of the Planner™ Collection, and it was also designed by the late Paul McCobb. As relevant today as ever, the relaunched design is equal parts functional and decorative: a slender frame and marble shelf underpin the sleek, timeless aesthetic, while a 360-degree horizontal swivel rotation ensures the perfect viewing angle.
3. Moon Eye Vase
In a lasting tribute to imperfection, Fritz Hansen’s pair of vases is mouth-blown in glass with unique qualities. Inspired by the iconic crescent moon and eye symbols, each differs in height, thickness and hue thanks to a specialist fixed-mould crafting process. Beautiful when filled with just a handful of flowers, they can be positioned together or individually. The vase was designed by Grethe Meyer in 1986.
4. Magazine Holder
Also a relaunched design from the 1950s by Paul McCobb, the Magazine Holder from the Planner™ Collection has a functional, beautiful and versatile design with timeless appeal. Exploring the interplay of contrasting materials, tactile wool blend textile wraps around a powder coated steel frame, which extends into an A-shaped base. Two internal compartments keep magazines upright, and a practical top handle makes it easy to move around.
5. Coat Tree™ Wall
First realised in 1971, the Coat Tree™ is revised for modern spaces as a wall-mounted coat rack, bold in character yet restrained enough to fit into any setting. Taking its cue from the willowy branches of a tree, the distinctive design makes a timeless statement, whether filled with everyday essentials or simply left unadorned. Coat Tree™ Wall is constructed from four curved steel tubes, powder coated in light grey or dark blue and assembled at varying heights in a branch-like formation.
I recently featured the brand’s latest showroom in China, have a look at the beautiful retail space here.
Photos: Fritz Hansen