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Biography

Frits Schlegel was a Danish architect born in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen in 1896. In 1915 he finished a masonry apprenticeship and then went on to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts until 1923. He won several prizes as a young graduate including the small gold medal in 1924 for a stadium design and the large gold medal in 1927 for a university in Aarhus. He is well known for pioneering functionalism internationally and was one of the first to explore the use of concrete in architecture.

Schlegel worked with Edward Thomsen from 1916 – 1934 and also with Gudmund Nyeland Brandt from 1920, going on to set up his own workshop in 1934 where he worked until his death. It was during the 1930s when Schlegel particularly focussed on designing furniture, having been inspired by the Bauhaus movement. 

Schlegel was a functionalist architect.   He saw possibilities in the aesthetics of modernist design and materials; he was one of the first architects in Denmark to experiment with concrete in architecture.

Early works show inspiration from the French architect Auguste Perret - le Corbusier's one-time employer - a world leader in reinforced concrete construction.   This is reflected in one of Schlegel's most important works, Mariebjerg Kapel & Krematorium.

He completed an apprenticeship as a mason in 1915 and studied and studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1923.   Schlegel established his own architectural practise  in 1934 & designed several furniture ranges in the 1930's; some were pre-fabricated and produced by Frits Hansen.   They had a strong functionalist appearance, with nods to the Bauhaus.   There are also known lighting designs.

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