On the southern coast of the Danish island Funen lies the town of Svendborg, where Danish furniture maker Erik Jørgensen resides. We take you behind the scenes, where some of Denmark’s finest furniture are handcrafted.
Founded in 1954 by Erik Jørgensen himself, the furniture factory’s foundation is based on understanding the customer’s needs, combined with providing a high level of craftsmanship. Another key element of Erik Jørgensen’s success is the long-standing collaboration with highly skilled subcontractors who are expert at working in leather, cold-cured foam, wood and steel. Furthermore, the majority of the subcontractors are Danish, which further anchors production locally, and allows Erik Jørgensen to maintain a close dialogue between the factory and subcontractors in order to ensure the very high quality of the furniture.
Erik Jørgensen produces some of the great classic furniture pieces, such as the Corona Chair designed by Danish designer Poul M. Volther and the Ox chair designed by renowned Danish designer Hans J. Wegner. In addition to the classics, Erik Jørgensen also manufactures newer designs from a number of Danish and foreign designers.
A total of eight upholsterers are employed at Erik Jørgensen in Svendborg. According to Export Sales Manager Sten Petersen, the Ox Chair is the most complex product to upholster.
“It takes about seven to eight hours to upholster a single Ox Chair. The chair is interesting, because it combines some very traditional upholstering techniques and requires a lot of strength due to the shape and lines of the chair, and the upholstering must fit tightly. It takes many years of practice to be able to do the job well, and the Ox Chair is one of the hardest to do, in terms of craftsmanship”, says Sten Petersen.
The typical steps involved in the process of making a piece of furniture at Erik Jørgensen include cutting, sewing, mounting pillows and foam, upholstering, assembly, fitting and packing. Moreover, it is especially the huge focus on detail that makes Erik Jørgensen’s furniture stand out.
“A lot of our furniture has many ‘hidden’ details that heighten the quality, but can be a bit complex to do. Even though these details may not be visible to the eye at first glance, they all increase the value of the product. These details are part of the reason why you can enjoy a sofa or a chair every day for years. The creation of these details is highly challenging, as is making sure that they are 100% correct every time”, says Sten Petersen.
Today, Erik Jørgensen is run by Niels and Ole Jørgensen, and as stated by the company itself, it continues to be driven by ambitions of renewal and quality. There is no doubt that Erik Jørgensen will continue to be the home of supreme craftsmanship and fine design for a long time to come.