If you’re looking to add a piece of timeless, mid-century Danish design to your collection, France & Søn is one of those names that should be on your radar.
The company, France & Søn was the vision of Charles W. France, a British businessman and Eric Daverkosen, a Danish cabinet maker. The two men were the original founders and started what would be one of the most popular mass manufacturing furniture companies whose quality stands the test of time today.
First started in 1948, the business name was changed to France & Søn when Daverkson left the business and France’s son, Julian France, joined the company in 1957. The company got its start manufacturing mattresses, but that quickly changed as France & Søn worked with popular designers and created quality furniture with an aesthetic that so defined the time.
Teakwood was the most popular material used by France & Søn with details in leather, cane and fabric. According to MCM-Interiors, who specialize in buying and selling mid-century furniture, the Danish company was the largest importer of teak lumber from Thailand for many years when production was at its peak. France & Søn became synonymous with not only mass production but also with the best quality.
The manufacturing company France & Søn soared in popularity working with a number of notable Danish designers including Arne Vodder, Grete Jalk, Finn Juhl, and Ole Wanscher among others. Their designs were sleek, minimalist and became a staple to many homes in Scandinavia and abroad, representing the Golden Era of Danish design in the mid 20th century. Collecting a piece produced by France & Søn is owning a piece of Danish design history.
France & Søn furniture is still highly sought after today by collectors and vintage design enthusiasts. If you are looking to add a touch of vintage Danish design to your home, the search is not impossible. Many pieces bearing the France & Søn label are still widely available today. The France & Søn makers tag is easily identified with two F’s mirroring each other, one on top of the other. Earlier pieces under the original name France & Daverkosen bear the signature F and D in a small circle as the identifying tag. Some pieces carry both tags representing the transition phase of the companies.
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