our story

The FRANDSEN GROUP has interpreted the best of Scandinavian lighting aesthetics since 1968. Today we design, manufacture and market lighting around the world. We work with high-end designers, private label partners, contract providers and a wide range of international retailers.

Recent additions to our assortment include lamps, furniture and accessories by Verner Panton, one of Danish Design’s most iconoclastic visionaries.

Part of FRANDSEN GROUP: Frandsen Retail A/S, Frandsen Project and Verpan.

 
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1968: Establisment

The company Lyskilde is established in Brædstrup, central Denmark. Their sole production is lampshades.


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1968: Ball lamp series

Benny Frandsen establishes Frandsen Belysning in the basement of his private residence.

The only staff beside Benny are two boys who help him after school. Benny starts out with a study debt of 25,000 kroner.

He begins by designing square lamps as well as the iconic BALL lamp series, initially as a wall lamp model. BALL pendant, table and standard lamps are subsequently launched.


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1987: First Prize

Benny Frandsen wins first prize for best design among hundreds of exhibitors at the LIGHTSHOW exhibition in London.

The award is given for the “Black or White” halogen lamp series.

Lyskilde (in Brædstrup) is acquired by the Friis furniture company.


1988: First Prize Again

Benny Frandsen wins first prize for the second consecutive year for best design at the LIGHTSHOW exhibition in London.

The award is given for the 3-Line series.


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1993: Frandsen/Lyskilde

Frandsen Belysning is sold to the Friis furniture company. Frandsen Belysning merges with Lyskilde under the name Frandsen/Lyskilde A/S.

The Frandsen Project department is created. The purpose is to cater to hotels, restaurants, retail etc. The first giant lampshade with a diameter of 2 metres is produced.

An extensive range of ceramic lamps in fashionable colours is launched.

This year, 600,000 lampshades are produced for IKEA.


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1996: B. Frandsen buys Frandsen Lyskilde

Benny Frandsen buys back Frandsen/Lyskilde A/S.

The company is particularly strong in the areas of home lighting, lampshades and technical lighting.


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1998: Formland Design Prize

Benny Frandsen wins the Formland Design Prize for the Flyer series (halogen lighting).


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2000: Formland Design Prize Again

The Formland Prize is awarded to Frandsen/Lyskilde for the intelligent mounting system developed specifically for glass lamps.

Launch of a new shop-in-shop concept in Idé Møbler furniture stores.


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2003: Collaboration with Verpan

Frandsen/Lyskilde changes their name to Frandsen Lighting A/S.

Frandsen Lighting A/S establishes a collaboration with Verpan on the production of the VP Globe and Fun series designed by Verner Panton.

DNC Holding (Director of Sales Dorte Nørgaard) and Buhr Invest (Johannes Poulsen) step in as shareholders and join Frandsen/Lyskilde.


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2004: Verpan

Frandsen Lighting A/S acquires Verpan.


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2005: Frandsen Group

The Group now comprises Frandsen Lighting A/S, Frandsen Project and Verpan. The name is now FRANDSEN GROUP.


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2009: New Headquaters

FRANDSEN GROUP moves to new headquarters – 6,000 square metres in Horsens, central Denmark – built for the sum of 43 million kroner.

Private label production sees significant growth in Danish and international furniture chains, especially BoConcept, Bolia, Idé Møbler and ILVA.


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2010: Verpan Expands

VERPAN expands its product range to include furniture and rugs designed by Verner Panton.


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2014: Additional 1,600 Sqm.

FRANDSEN GROUP expands its warehouse with an additional 1,600 square metres, making the total 7,600 square metres.


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2016: rewired

New brand rewired by Frandsen Project is launched.


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2017: Verpan Flagship Store

First Verpan flagship store opens in Aarhus, Denmark.


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2018: 50th Anniversary

Benny Frandsen and the iconic Ball series celebrate their 50th anniversary.