Reading this months Homes and Antiques there was a feature on a James France's home. It transpired that James France was Mr France's son who had set up the business. I tried to contact James to ask him if he would tell his fathers story but am afraid he declined. What we can transpire is that this is a great DANISH AND BRITISH achievement.
France & Son, where one of Denmark's greatest makers of furniture. Originally the company was called France and Daverkosen, after Mr. France moved from the UK to Denmark and met his business partner, cabinet maker Mr. Daverkosen. Later on the company became France and Son as Julian France joined in his fathers footsteps. The company was sold to Poul Cadovious in 1964 and existed under the name CADO.
France and son, made some of Denmarks most enduring furniture by some of Denmark's leading designers and I believe might have been one of Denmark's first to supply Mass Market furniture. What they achieved was that you could have the best designers, best designs and mass produce. It seems to have been set-up in 1950. The first recorded furniture I could find was by Peter Hvidt and Ole Wanscher, they got the big guns rolling straight away, followed by Sigvard Bernadotte, Grete Jalk, Arne Vodder, Edvard Kindt Larsen and Finn Juhl. To name a few. It seems around 1956 the company changed names to France and Son, not sure what happened to Mr Daverkosen. If anyone else has any info on the company would be greatly appreciated.
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