Fritz Hansen to reveal first outdoor collection at CDW 2023

During this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, Fritz Hansen will launch its first outdoor furniture collection, Skagerak by Fritz Hansen, within a Nordic inspired, indoor garden installation at the London showroom…

Outdoor furniture overlooking sea

With creative installations, a wide-ranging talks programme and showrooms coming together to celebrate the power and language of design, Clerkenwell Design Week 2023 is hotting up to showcase the best the design community has to offer. Cutting through the noise as the brands and showrooms that use the festival as a springboard to launch new collections.

This year, Fritz Hansen will launch its first outdoor furniture collection, Skagerak by Fritz Hansen, with an immersive installation at the brand’s London showroom. As a backdrop to the launch – the creative installation will tell the story of sustainability and lasting design, through beautiful and classic outdoor furniture.

Skagerak by Fritz Hansen expands the existing collections of Fritz Hansen furniture and accessories, to bring the best of Danish design to every part of life – both indoors and out. Each piece of the outdoor furniture collection designed in collaboration with Hugo Passos and Aurelién Barby, is sold as flat-pack and made from the highest quality, sustainably sourced – FSC certified teak, which ages beautifully and requires minimal maintenance.

The collection includes…

Banco Bench

Bench infront of white brick wall

Image credit: Fritz Hansen

Banco Bench designed in collaboration with Hugo Passos is made from sustainable sourced teak and available in 2 versions – single or double facing. Originally conceived as a one-off piece for the 2019 Social Seating exhibition in Finland, the new version is more suitable for production but with the same beauty, derived from the simple premise of creating furniture to enhance the experience of nature. The backrest is expressive and functional – shaped perfectly for the contour of the back, enabling people to sit in either direction on the double facing bench.

The Plank Collection 

Garden table with umbrella up

Image credit: Fritz Hansen

A bench, table and chair designed in collaboration with Aurelién Barby, is formed from simple yet playful lines, and are all perfect for relaxing outdoors, family occasions or entertaining. Benches can be placed end to end, for larger gatherings. A neat, wide-slatted surface, slanted back and ledge, give a light feel to a strong bench.

During Clerkenwell Design Week 2023, Fritz Hansen will also reveal the Spring collections from Fritz Hansen that include the AntTM chair designed originally in 1952 by Arne Jacobsen, and produced for the first time in front upholstery, in both textiles and leather. Offering a tactile interplay of textures, the new version will be available in 16 colours curated by Italian creative and gallerist, Carla Sozzani.

The reveal of the PK4TM lounge chair sees the piece reissued for the first time since it was designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1952 and produced then in just 20 pieces for family and friends. In 2023 Fritz Hansen adds PK4 to the PK collection, permanently.

Fritz Hansen black lounge chair by square window

Image credit: Fritz Hansen

A new story of materiality focuses on Fauske marble as a new material option for the tables in the Kjærholm Collection. Named after the quarry in the Norwegian town of Fauske, inside the Arctic Circle, where it originates – Fauske has a raw textured touch and sea-like glistening dynamic, expressed through its complex and ancient mineral composition. “These tabletops are abstract works of art,” says Marie-Louise Høstbo, Creative Design Director, Fritz Hansen.

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Main image credit: Fritz Hansen