In the age of information overload, one thing is clear. If we are to live fulfilled, distinguished lives, we must each become curators. Not of galleries of expensive art. Or ever-teetering antiques. But of strong and simple ideas.
And while the notion usually applies to how we navigate social media, we’ve found that it’s an idea that runs deep into the heart of the home, too. In today’s busy and evolving world, what are the rituals we make time for? How do we celebrate the people around us? And where does work stop and relaxation begin?
Such probing questions form part of the framework of slow living. A phenomenon that is less about winding down. And more about working out what we can’t live without.
Fortunately, there is one Nordic brand who seems to have perfected the art.
“Harmony is the secret of any environment, and it only develops over time,” explains Carla Sozzani, iconic Italian gallerist behind 10 Como Corso and a life-long collector of Fritz Hansen.
“When I set up my first apartment in 1973, I bought bright red Series 7 chairs… Curiously, it didn’t matter how many I added. I always felt like I was experiencing them for the first time.”
For Sozzani, the key to a successful space has been to focus on designs that help you live deliberately.
For some, this might mean cultivating a part of the home in which to experience mental quiet. For others a sleek extendable dining table. Perfect for sit down dinners with loved ones.
The key, it seems, is to strike a balance between pleasure and practicality. A line that Fritz Hansen has always managed to toe.
Like many high-end Scandinavian brands, functionality is in their DNA. And yet, transforming what is often a necessarily minimalist concept into something that feels indulgent is no small feat.
For Fritz Hansen, it hinges on the ability to elevate routines into rituals. It’s why amid their collection of lounge chairs and tables, you’ll find a smattering of thought-provoking little accessories.
Each speaks to the power of incorporating moments of calm into busy routines. And the knowledge that a mindful 10 minutes spent before starting your day is usually better than an additional 15 spent stewing in bed.
“Making the most of the morning’s pre-work hours can be the best way to start the day… The morning may be cold, but you’ll warm up as you awaken and devote a fresh and unadulterated mind to your fascinations.”
— Margaret Everton
Colour is another key tool in the slow living arsenal. And while many Danish design houses feel obliged to stick to tried and tested formats of bleached woods and pastel hues, Fritz Hansen have trail-blazed a path to more piquant styles and pigments.
It’s a decision that feels particularly prescient in the post-pandemic world. As we each search for ways to energise our homes, bold and vivacious shades are one of the easiest outlets for creating an uplifting experience of space. Especially one we’ve grown overly accustomed to.
Of course, colour isn’t the home’s only language. Deeper still is the vernacular of memory and the associations that each room inspires within us.
We find the best way to tap into this is to play around with old and new ideas. A beloved heirloom here. Fresh flowers or accessories there.
Seen through this lens, slow living is as much about storytelling as it is about decor. Of making space for what matters. And redefining what it means to live with those we love most.
It brings to mind an idea our Creative Director shared recently. The home is never finished. Principally, because it’s not a fixed destination. But a deeply personal journey. One that shapes us and everyone around us.
It’s why for all the chatter about the roaring twenties, we’d be remiss not to notice the macro trends that move like tectonic plates beneath contemporary culture. The desire for connection. The ability to be present. And the hope for solidarity and togetherness.
And so just as we can’t wait to book holidays and catch up with loved ones, we should also spend some time in the quiet after the storm. Considering what it will take for us to find peace and tranquility in the new normal. And which ideas we choose to resonate with.
At Fritz Hansen, the trajectory is clear. Feel-good design that makes space for comfort. And more than just a little joyfulness. Values, we believe, are indispensable to the contemporary home.
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Slide Storage AccessoryAt Chaplins, we get really excited about designs that help turn routines into rituals. The Slide Storage accessory is one such beautiful example. Crafted from a careful mix of solid ash and grey-painted concrete, it provides a sculptural home for jewels, trinkets and beloved possessions. It's topped by a toned mirror which not only casts a flattering reflection but helps boost the sense of luminosity of its surrounding environment. Minimum order quantity: 2.
Maluma Pendant LightIs there a creature alive as magical or elusive as the firefly? Designer Fumie Shibata doesn’t think so. This season, she has teamed up with iconic Danish brand Fritz Hansen to bring forth the Maluma light. A gentle, glare-free pendant that immortalises their soft, unassuming glow.
Planner Coffee TableThe Planner™ coffee tables are part of a relaunched Fritz Hansen collection by Paul McCobb, an American designer known for creating slender designs where form follows function. All clean lines and precious finishes, it has a lightweight, minimal appearance, working beautifully in period or contemporary interior schemes alike.
Carimate Chair - Anniversary EditionTo celebrate what would have been Vico Magistretti's 100th birthday, we’re delighted to reveal his iconic Carimate chair in glossy black and red colourways. All confident lines and punchy hues, it promises to infuse homes with a pop of positive energy.
Lissoni SofaThe eponymous Lissoni sofa sees one of Italy's most legendary designers experiment with the soothing rhythms of Scandi design. All clean lines and plush finishes, it has a minimal footprint, slender enough to squeeze into small spaces while being crafted with flawless attention to detail.
Ant Dining Chair - New Lacquered ColoursCharming yet playful, Ant is one of the most successful dining chairs ever designed. This year, Fritz Hansen have relaunched the icon in 16 new statement shades — developed in collaboration with visionary creative Carla Sozzani. Wonderfully rich and expressive, they promise to add colour and life to any interior.
PK22 Lounge ChairDesigned by Poul Kjærholm, The PK22’s slender silhouette has become a design icon thanks to its extremely versatile and timeless structure. The classic interior remains fundamentally modern and continues to be a go to design for interior fanatics today thanks to its elegant leather finish and optimum comfort.
Series 7 Dining Chair - New Lacquered ColoursSvelte curves and beautiful laminated surfaces have made the Series 7™ Chair by Arne Jacobsen one of the most recognisable chairs in modern history. For 2020, Fritz Hansen have teamed up with creative visionary, Carla Sozzani, to introduce the icon in a selection of rich new hues ranging from earthy beiges through to deepest lavender.
Fri Easy ChairCreated by acclaimed designer Jamie Hayon in 2015 for luxury Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen, Fri is an open and welcoming lounge chair. It's gentle curves and tall legs reveal a serene Nordic expression, making it the ideal lounge chair for lovers of Scandinavian design.
FH125 Dining TableThe FH125 is a petite, Scandi dining table capable of seating between 4-6 people. It's laminate top and sleek chrome legs recall the casual elegance of some of Fritz Hansen's most iconic designs, only this time scaled down for spaces where every square foot matters.
Calabash Pendant Light - Meteor FinishAfter the success of the high-gloss metallic Calabash, Komplot Design began to investigate the possibility of a moodier, darker edition. The new surface treatment is inspired by the metallic sparkle of meteors, adding a dramatic twist on this Scandi classic.
Kaiser idell Pendant Light - Stay BrightThe Kaiser Idell collection is considered one of the emblems of Bauhaus lighting design. This AW19, Fritz Hansen has released the Kaiser Idell Pendant in four gorgeous glossy hues. A mixture of warm and cool tones, it is slightly smaller than the original pendant and looks gorgeous in colourful clusters or as a stand-alone luminaire.
Light Tray Earthenware BowlIn 2016, Cecilie Manz designed the poetic Light Tray Bowl, part of her much-loved Earthenware series. Using Japanese materials and influences, it opens up many creative possibilities, at once a pared-back fruit bowl, candleholder or minimal centrepiece. Minimum order quantity: 4.
Swan Lounge ChairAll undulating curves and power lines, the Swan is the sinuous face of Danish modernism. It was originally designed in 1958 for the interiors of the world's first design hotel (Copenhagen's SAS Royal), and sought to break with the stuffy, unimaginative lines that had characterised contemporary seating thus far. Free-flowing yet comfy, it's one of Arne Jacobsen's most famous designs — a true icon of Scandi style.
Egg Lounge ChairThe Egg Lounge Chair by Arne Jacobsen needs little introduction. Originally designed in 1958, it is one of the icons of Danish modernism, a Scandi style as ambitious in aesthetics as it is in stature. Its generous high back is at once dramatic and cosy, your own private corner of the universe in which to just be.