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Nordic Functionalism

by Carl Hansen & Søn
and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

Curved wooden walls, gray stone floor, an organically shaped concert hall—elegant and functional at the same time. The Radio House (Radiohuset) in Copenhagen was designed and realized by Danish architect and designer Vilhelm Lauritzen.

The now a heritage listed building from 1945 and is one of the most accomplished examples of the Funkis-Stil, the Nordic variation of the Functionalism movement. Lauritzen is considered one of the most important architects in Denmark and is often referred to as the father of Danish Modernism.

His work stretched not only in the field of architecture, but also in interior design. During his professional career he designed the smallest details for his buildings, including door handles, ashtrays and lamps.

In addition, Lauritzen also dedicated himself to the design of seating furniture, such as sofas and chairs. For the Copenhagen Radiohuset he designed a line which decorated the foyer of the building and was also the eponym of the collection: The Foyer Series.

A series of furniture previously designed for exclusively one building is now being relaunched by Carl Hansen & Søn in collaboration with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects for a wider audience for the first time, consisting of the VLA77 Foyer Sofa, the VLA76 Foyer Chair and the VLA75 Foyer Bench. A unique and timeless curved design, which is characterized by the interplay between the oak frame and upholstered seats and backrests.

in partnership with Carl Hansen & Søn
shot on medium format film