The Hansen Legacy

VISITING THE HOME OF KNUD ERIK HANSEN

As the third generation of his family to run the company, he occupies a position previously held by his grandfather, father, mother and brother. 

The spacious interiors of Hellerup Manor House, on the Danish island of Funen, provide plenty of clues as to who lives there. In rooms painted ochre and red, or panelled with white-painted wood, antiques and curios from the Far East and Africa are found side-by-side with some of the finest examples of Danish 20th century furniture. Predominant among them are the distinctively elegant designs that Hans J. Wegner made in collaboration with cabinetmaker Carl Hansen and his son Holger: the Wishbone Chair, the Shell Chair, and the woven chord lounge chair.

The late 17th century house is the home of Holger Hansen’s widely travelled son Knud Erik, the current CEO and owner of the Carl Hansen & Son. As the third generation of his family to run the company, he occupies a position previously held by his grandfather, father, mother and brother. 

The spacious interiors of Hellerup Manor House, on the Danish island of Funen, provide plenty of clues as to who lives there. In rooms painted ochre and red, or panelled with white-painted wood, antiques and curios from the Far East and Africa are found side-by-side with some of the finest examples of Danish 20th century furniture. Predominant among them are the distinctively elegant designs that Hans J. Wegner made in collaboration with cabinetmaker Carl Hansen and his son Holger: the Wishbone Chair, the Shell Chair, and the woven chord lounge chair.

The late 17th century house is the home of Holger Hansen’s widely travelled son Knud Erik, the current CEO and owner of the Carl Hansen & Son. As the third generation of his family to run the company, he occupies a position previously held by his grandfather, father, mother and brother. 

The spacious interiors of Hellerup Manor House, on the Danish island of Funen, provide plenty of clues as to who lives there. In rooms painted ochre and red, or panelled with white-painted wood, antiques and curios from the Far East and Africa are found side-by-side with some of the finest examples of Danish 20th century furniture. Predominant among them are the distinctively elegant designs that Hans J. Wegner made in collaboration with cabinetmaker Carl Hansen and his son Holger: the Wishbone Chair, the Shell Chair, and the woven chord lounge chair.

The late 17th century house is the home of Holger Hansen’s widely travelled son Knud Erik, the current CEO and owner of the Carl Hansen & Son. As the third generation of his family to run the company, he occupies a position previously held by his grandfather, father, mother and brother. 

He took up the reins of the family business in 2002, the same year he bought Hellerup Manor. As one might imagine, furnishing it has not been an entirely private project; the house has become a testing ground for new designs and showroom for the company products. “I always see the furniture first in my own house,” Hansen tells me over the phone from Copenhagen, “or visualise how it might fit and whether I would like to have it there. So it is part of my own taste, what we are producing.”


 

WORDS: Stephen Obisanya

PHOTOS: Stephen Obisanya

STYLING: Stephen Obisanya