Frits Henningsen 1889 – 1965
Henningsen became a cabinetmaker in 1911, his master was the renowned I.P.
Mørck. He followed the classes by Kaare Klint at The Technical School and was a
pupil at the early Danish Design School.
travelling and working in England, Germany and France, he etablished himself in
1915 as a master cabinetmaker with his Furniture Gallery at Nikolai Square in
He was a
member of The Guild and attented the Danish Cabinetmaker´s Guild shows until
Frits Henningsen had an outstanding sense of quality and a vibrant and forceful
personality. He was highly respected by his customers as well as his colleagues.
Unlike other cabinetmakers he designed the furniture himself - and on the same
level as Kaare Klint and Ole Wanscher, who were also influenced by previous
Most of his
designs were eleborations of classical types and forms from the French Empire
style, the Rococo and 17th century English furniture. But some of his best
designs were more free, modern and original.
Frits Henningsen is not commonly known and is a somewhat mysterious figure
compared to his famous peers. However in the last few years the interest for
his work has been increasing. The large Highback Wingchair is considered to be
his most personal and important contribution to Danish Furniture Design.