Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design - loft-style living

Fredericia’s new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen

The other week, following a trip to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, I also headed to Copenhagen for a quick, whistle-stop stay. I’d already seen the new launches and furniture designs of Danish company Fredericia in Stockholm, but I was keen to check out its brand new rooftop showroom in the heart of central Copenhagen.

Housed at the top of the historic Royal Mail House, a stone’s throw from the city’s famous Rundetaarn, the 1,100 sq m space spreads out across two spacious floors. It’s open from Monday to Friday and by appointment. The vast, loft-style space doubles up as a place to portray the brand’s story and a working office for the company’s growing team. It is a living showroom, with creative workspaces, a gallery for changing exhibitions and space for events.

Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design - loft-style living
The top floor of Fredericia’s new rooftop showroom used to be a restaurant and has enviable views across the city

Fredericia was established in 1911 as Fredericia Stolefabrik (Fredericia Chair Factory) by entrepreneur N. P. Ravnsø. The company was named after the small Danish town of Fredericia, on the eastern edge of the Jutland peninsula, which played host to the Nordic International Furniture Exhibition from 1910 to the Eighties. Employing the most skilled craftsmen, the company became renowned for high quality furniture designs in a variety of styles.

The Spanish Chair, Fredericia
The Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen

Following the Second World War, material shortages and various financial struggles, the company was acquired by Andreas Graversen. He collaborated with young architect Børge Mogensen to create a range of modern, functional furniture, from Shaker-inspired tables to modernist sofas with removable cushions. One of his best known designs of the time is the 1958 Spanish chair, a solid oak armchair with a saddle leather seat and back (above). Mogensen’s original 2213 sofa, which for many years stood in the designer’s own home, now stands next to the entrance of the showroom.

Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
The space looks over the city’s church spires and rooftops. Image: Fredericia
Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
A wall of new chairs lines one wall of the showroom

Today Fredericia collaborates with a carefully chosen circle of international designers and young talent, such as Space Copenhagen, GamFratesi, Jasper Morrison and Welling/Ludvik. In 2011, to celebrate 100 years, it launched the Spine collection by Space Copenhagen, inspired by the traditions of hand upholstering that Fredericia built its name on (below). Its first flagship store opened in 2012 in the up and coming Nørreport neighbourhood of Copenhagen.

The Spine Collection by Space Copenhagen
The Spine Collection by Space Copenhagen

You can have a read of Fredericia’s manifesto here – a mission to create furniture built to last, that lives through the ages and becomes even more beautiful with time. The ambition, says owner Thomas Graversen, is always to create contemporary design that is beautifully crafted, relevant and aesthetically intriguing: ‘Simple principles guide us along in our ambition to create and deliver a collection that we believe will be the modern originals of tomorrow. Simple principles that honour outstanding quality through a careful selection of materials, functionality and attention to detail.’

Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
The showroom doubles as a creative workspace for the Fredericia team
Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
Contemporary designs by up-and-coming designers sit with traditional furniture pieces. Image: Fredericia
Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
Simple designs honour craftsmanship, functionality and an attention to detail
Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
The stunning top-floor space
Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
Børge Mogensen’s original 2213 sofa, which for many years stood in the designer’s own home. Image: Fredericia
Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
Chairs from the Pato Collection by Welling/Ludvik
Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
The space has been designed as a practical, usable space for staff, architects and customers

Fredericia’s showroom, itself housed in a converted historical space, portrays how the brand has one foot in the past and the other in the future. It is a brand aware of its heritage and legacy, but conscious of the need to perfect and progress its craft. Fredericia is always a highlight of Stockholm Furniture Fair and northmodern and I can’t wait to share more of its designs shortly!

Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design
The main gallery space is open and flexible for different exhibitions

Fredericia showroom, Løvstræde 1, 4, DK-1152 Copenhagen
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10:00-16:00
And by appointment

All images my own, except where stated: Fredericia

  1. Pingback: Danish design: Inside the world of Fredericia furniture in Copenhagen - cate st hill

  2. Are all the shops in Copenhagen this cool? Beats our UK dreary old high street doens’t it So nice to see scandi design in the flesh. One place to visit to add to my bucket list.

    • There is something about touching and feeling a piece of furniture that makes you appreciate its craft and design all the more. Wish we had more showrooms like this in the UK! X

  3. wow about everything. I can’t wait to visit this place. Their products are so nice and that space is incredible!

  4. That is a breathtaking space. I’d not heard of this company before, so thanks for the intro. Some really nice designs there.

  5. What an amazing space, wow! And that Spanish chair reminds me a bit of a Wassily Chair in its form. Gorgeous! xo

  6. What a beautiful space – I can’t wait to visit next time I’m in Copenhagen. I also reeeeeally want a Spine sofa for my new flat…!!

  7. What an incredible space! Fabulous backdrop to those gorgeous furniture designs.

  8. You do get to go to some interesting places, love reading about all your furniture discoveries!

  9. Gosh what an absolutely beautiful space!
    It’s funny because I suppose the average consumer might think they all look the same, but I love their subtle differences and how much thought would have gone into those differentiations.

  10. I love that chocolate brown leather sofa- such classic designs here!

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