The Danish lighting manufacturer Frandsen Project is specialised in creating bespoke lamps and lighting, which are suitable for bars, restaurants, hotels, public areas and shops. As part of the Frandsen Group, the people behind Frandsen Project have been designing and marketing lamps for more than 40 years, while the company’s portfolio of projects ranges from interior lighting tasks to international commercial projects.
The products are developed in-house at the company headquarters in Horsens, Denmark, where Frandsen Project specify, design and build their own products and control every step of the process.
“We operate in quite an extreme development and production environment due to the fact that we have many projects running at the same time; for example, we deliver lamps to between 200 and 300 projects per year. The projects vary in size, ranging from simple lamps to extravagant lighting installations to thousands of floor, table and ceiling lamps for hotels around the world”, says Thomas Hansen, Director of Frandsen Project.
Frandsen Project is usually contacted by designers working on interior design assignments for hotels or the like. Typically a designer will ask Frandsen Project to design, as well as to develop and supply, a custom solution to that exact hotel, or they may have already designed a lamp themselves and then might ask Frandsen Project to develop and produce these.
“The most time-consuming part of the process is the design and development work – it can span multiple years. A good example is the huge Hilton Hotel project that we have just delivered a total turn-key lighting solution for. The design process and development started in January 2012, and has just been installed in November 2015. That was an extremely long project with a lot of changes and stop-and-go along the way”, says Thomas Hansen.
There are around 40 people employed in production at Frandsen Project. In the early stages of a project, Frandsen Project collects all the necessary information to start the development. Hours are spent in idea generation and hand sketching possible solutions in collaboration with customers before selection of the best concept to proceed with. All the projects are then converted to 3D, while Frandsen Project always make shop drawings and photorealistic renderings to showcase the products in the context they are intended to be utilised in.
Frandsen Project houses a complete inventory of components and finished products, which allows the company to make simple mock-ups and to test new concepts. The customers are therefore able to see colours, materials, surfaces and technical solutions for inspiration in the design process.
“It is very demanding to create so many customised project and products, while at the same time converting production from making lighting solutions for the USA one day, to setting it up for mass-producing custom table lamps for Accor or Hilton the next day. The many custom-made products we deliver set huge demands on our employees in terms of flexibility and quality awareness. Luckily, we have fantastic employees in all parts of our organisation”, says Thomas Hansen.