Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1923, Nanna Ditzel trained as a cabinetmaker before studying at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. She was always inspired by the challenges of new materials and techniques.
Nanna was a pioneer in the fields of fiberglass, wickerwork, foam rubber, and various disciplines such as cabinet making, jewelry, tableware, and textiles. Some of her most known designs within this field are the "Hallingdal" textile for Kvadrat and her jewellery for Georg Jensen.
From 1968 to 1986, Nanna lived in London, where she established the international furniture house, Interspace in Hampstead. In 1989 she became closely connected with Fredericia, beginning with "Bench For Two". The collaboration between Fredericia and Ditzel developed into a mutual partnership, and the successful launch of the Trinidad chair in 1993 marked a turning point in Fredericia's history, establishing Nanna Ditzel as Fredericia's second house designer.
With her postmodernism attitude and rebellion against tradition, Ditzel became a leading figure in the renewal of Danish design in the 1990's, well after her 70th birthday. Very often, her works had a subjective starting point, which was contrary to specific problems to be solved. However, she had a magnificent ability to transform her artistic dreams into very functional and purposeful designs.
Meeting Nanna Ditzel in person led to an irresistible urge to put her furniture in your home. In part due to her unparalleled innovative talent, but also in hopes that her personality would have had a contagious effect on your rooms.