Project: Carl Hansen & Son, Osaka

Design: Despina Curtis and in-house design team
Opening date: June 2018
Store size: Undisclosed

Danish furniture company Carl Hansen & Son has opened a new flagship store in Osaka, Japan following the success of its Tokyo store, which opened four years ago. Located in the heart of the fashionable Minami-Horie district, the new store is spread across two floors and houses masterpieces from the Golden Age of Danish Design by such leading figures as Hans J. Wegner, Kaare Klint, Arne Jacobsen, Ole Wanscher, Børge Mogensen, and Poul Kjærholm.

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The collection also features recent works from contemporary visionaries such as Tadao Ando, EOOS, Naja Utzon Popov, Anker Bak, and Brad Ascalon.

The craftsmanship stories behind the pieces form an integral part of the in-store experience.

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Conceived to show a different side of the Carl Hansen & Son brand, the Osaka store has a more industrial aesthetic than its Tokyo counterpart, with such striking elements as a concrete staircase with Modernist inspired detailing.

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The contemporary blend of material, colour and form creates a fitting backdrop for Carl Hansen & Son’s collection of modern classics.

'Japan is Carl Hansen & Son’s second largest market outside Scandinavia, and it is of utmost importance to us to be present in a design-conscious city like Osaka,' says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO and third-generation owner of Carl Hansen & Son. 'The new Osaka store – our second flagship store in Japan, in addition to Tokyo – strengthens our position in the market, particularly in Western Japan, and helps us serve the Kyoto region. We are especially pleased to have a presence on Orange Street in Osaka’s Minami-Horie district, known for its cultural richness and strong architecture and design presence.'

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