The Hansen Family
We are a Scandinavian family of carpenters, designers and architects.
Handmade Furniture – Homegrown Wood – New Scandinavian Design.
The Hansen Family is a label with a strong handcrafted character, founded by designer Gesa Hansen who grew up in a scandinavian family of carpenters, designers and architects. After graduating at the Bauhaus-University and stopping at a few design studios such as Jean Nouvel and H5 in Paris, and the NDC in Tokyo, she decided to create her own label, combining new design and family savoir-faire in the family atelier. “Homegrown” in the business comes from the natural resources of oaks that we harvest in local forests, in this way allowing each piece to be handcrafted and unique.
The first collection won two times the international Red Dot award and the International Good Design Award of the Chicago Athenaeum.
The Family tree grows thanks to diverse collaborations such as: Kitsune, Surface to Air, Tivoli Audio, Steven Harrington …
Our team is very young, except for my dad :).
My mum, who is in charge of trade.
This is where I got the inspiration for my drawers.
in wood we trust !
We produce our furniture in a small atelier using ecologically grown wood, which are mainly coming from massive oak and sustainable forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC. Located at the heart of the Sauerland region in Germany, our main atelier is surrounded by these forests and therefore nestled in the woods. We precociously select each piece of wood by hand, which allows us to say that not one piece is aliketo the other. The design features the wood itself, giving birth to handcrafted and unique objects.
Next to the atelier is a spring that always stays 8 celsius in winter and in summer. We use is as a bath after working. It’s the clearest, cleanest water I have ever seen.
Picture of the Folkeboat, the design of this boat was the result of a competition held by the Scandinavian Yacht Racing Union in 1942, who were hoping to create an easily sailed and low cost boat. I spent years working with my dad on this boat and I have been sailing since I can walk. Boat design is one of my biggest inspiration.
The new prototype dining table