The Conran Shop takes a special guided tour of the UK Carl Hansen & Søn showroom, nestled in the heart of Clerkenwell, the epicentre of London design.
As sunset flooded it’s three sprawling stories, we explored the historic Bowling Green Lane building, which at one time served as the printing house of the London Evening Standard. The showroom is now home to thoughtfully curated arrangements of Carl Hansen’s world-renowned designs; with its warehouse windows, exposed brick walls and typically Scandi pale wood floors, the space serves as a spectacular backdrop to the furniture and décor within.
During an informative and equally inspirational tour, we learnt about the history of the Danish design house, which from humble beginnings as a cabinet makers has grown to become one of the most prominent furniture companies in the world. We also picked up some astonishing facts along the way: did you know Carl Hansen’s woven chair seats can contain up to one kilometre of paper cord? Not to mention the fact Kaare Klint’s chair – originally designed in 1927 for the Danish Prime Minister, Thorvald Stauning – which is still to this day used by the country’s current leader.
Of course, we did some celebrity-spotting and immediately recognised icons such as the paper cord Wishbone Chair and complete CH chair and table collections, as well as the Colonial and Embrace seating designs. All are examples of Carl Hansen’s ground-breaking collaborations with some of the industry’s most celebrated designers, including Hans J. Wegner, Morten Gøttler and Ole Wanscher, for which it is globally recognised.
The tour revealed just how much goes into creating a Carl Hansen masterpiece, from the incredible skill and passion of its master craftspeople to the expertise of the interior designers responsible for such sophisticated and elegant room-sets. Just how many different finishes and fabrics are available was also staggering – you can truly make a Carl Hansen piece your own with some simple customisation options. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Carl Hansen for a truly revelatory tour and we can’t wait to see what’s next in-store!