Above : Eilersen Float High Sofa | Frame Table | Kant Table | at Charlottenborg
It was a typical rainy Tuesday morning when we took the car for a short 2 hour road trip from Copenhagen to Fyn, Denmark , to visit the headquarters and showroom of the well known Danish company Eilersen.
It all began with a horse-drawn carriage. In 1895 the young Niels Eilersen started out as a coachbuilder. To make his wheels, he was the first person in Denmark to use steam to bend wood. And when cars eventually ran horse-drawn carriages off the road, Eilersen started making handmade bodies for cars and busses. Their history and how the innovative family went from making coaches to couches is a beautiful read on their website, I heartily recommend it .
A lot has changed since Eilersen’s story began back in 1895, but their founding principle has always stayed the same – to comfort us, and bring beauty to your world. To create the best possible, the unique and at the same time the ultimative upholstery quality sofa or product. And it is surely so, when every couch is build by hand, and entirely customisable to match your mood and temperament, from pillows to the fabric to the dimensions of the couch itself.
Our tour of the headquarters at Skamby started with a well prepared surprise. To celebrate its impressive 125 year history, Eilersen extended an invitation to another guest that curiously also is celebrating its 125th year, the Swan Lake, a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We were greeted by the white Swan itself by the original antique horse-drawn carriage at the entry, and welcomed inside the impressive 1600m² showroom to a company of ballet for a short Swan Lake performance.
After enjoying the ballet, it was time for our tour. The showroom itself is quite magnificent. Its interior is designed in a way that resembles a gallery rather than a furniture store or house or showroom, this way all pieces are showcased in a harmonious way without interruptions.
Above : Ashton Chairs | Spider Table | Kant Table | Fatty Sofa
The whole collection of Eilersen designs can be found in these premises. All the sofas , tables, console tables and shelves, rugs, chairs and lounge chairs and footstools. Every Eilersen sofa is built on a framework of solid pinewood for lightweight, flexibility and durability.
Above : Kant Table | Feet FootstoolAbove : Fatty Sofa |Kant Table
Skilled hands and first rate materials combine to create the ultimate in upholstered furniture. Every most single design in the range carries Jens Juuls signature. With the simplistic yet sophisticated Baseline design, Jens Juul struck a chord with people that are equally obsessed with proportions.
When you put your heart into it, you might just build the best sofa in the world. Nils Juul Eilersen.
Among some of the new designs, the Kant collection, created together with Yuzuru Nishiyama from Japan. The collection includes coffee tables in different sizes to the perfect console table or office desk, which even comes with a matching bench. With a simple silhouette and a minimalistic design, the Kant tables are both modern and precise in their execution.
“The idea was to create something modern and rather sharp, which I think we succeeded in doing with Kant.” Says Yuzuru Nishiyama and continues: “What characterizes the design are the edges. This was also the inspiration for the name Kant. I wanted it to be a Danish name to emphasize the collaboration.”
Strolling through the two floors of the showroom I cannot help but admire not only the vast selection of designs and diversity but also the history of the space itself that binds everything together. The old premises sneak through the walls, the floors, the old doors, the old furnaces. The whole space feels like it is designed to give you the very essence of what Eilersen represents. Craftsmanship, quality and innovation.
Above : Eilersen Slope Sofa | Bun Footstool | Wheel footstool with buttonsAbove : Eilersen Session | Eilersen Skagen | Frame Table | Stick Carpet
Below : Eilersen Gotham | Spider Table | Stick Carpet
Innovation and tradition are still hallmarks of the company that has given name and life to many classics over the years. Since the 1930s, Eilersen has produced furniture with a focus on high quality, comfort and durability. This strategy has made Eilersen a well-known and recognized brand both nationally and internationally. Eilersen is currently run by the fourth generation.
Eilersen has its own carpets but within the N. Eilersen A/S group there is also the Juul Furniture, an independent brand that is based on its good reputation, high quality and durability. It is produced at the group’s own factories with an assurance of craftsmanship of the highest quality by experienced specialists and its carpets and rugs were among my favorites.
The Safari chair, is the answer to the question of which chair best compliments Eilersen’s vast collection of sofas. Designed by Erik Woerts, it is being relaunched in 5 different combinations of oak with canvas and leather in colours from nature’s own palette. To a solid frame of oiled, soap-treated or black-lacquered oak is fastened a seat, back and armrests of either natural or black canvas or leather in shades of dark brown and black.
All through the showroom there were installations of flowers and greenery. This motif was also followed for the 3 Days of Design anywhere Eilersen was present who joined forces with Tableau to transform Anton Dam’s showroom for 3 Days of Design, with a focus on colour and innovation .Tableau, opened in Copenhagen in 2018 by owner Julius Værnes Iversen, a self-taught florist, renowned for being able to create small works of art for the ‘stage’ in the form of innovative objects using flowers and plants. Julius produced a series of unique creations featuring Eilersen’s own textiles.Screen and Seal are two new textiles from Eilersen, both of which have been used for the flower creations. Scroll below to see some of the photos of Anton Dam’s showroom.
Above: Plano Sofa | Spider TableAbove : Eilersen Great Ash Frame Table | Wheel Pouf | Stick Carpet | at Anton Dam
Above : Baseline Sofa in stunning Corduroy Fabric
Below : Eilersen Plano Sofa |Stick Carpet | Spider Table
A home away from home during 3 Days of Design, Hotel Charlottenborg opened its doors to a new exhibition created in collaboration with 16 leading contemporary Danish furniture brands and the Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries, curated by Ark Journal. A real sight to see, not just for its concept but for the great curation of the space. I will be making a post about it soon as well, so keep an eye for it!
// Photography and Editing by Katerina Dima