In April 1970, the first Copenhagen Imports opened in Phoenix, Arizona, bringing a still-developing city its first furniture showroom dedicated solely to Danish Modern style. Founders Tony Christensen and Erik Hansen made the decision to move to Phoenix based on their passion for good design and their desire to have a positive impact upon the desert Southwest by bringing a new type of design to the valley.
At the time, local furniture-store owners in the Phoenix area scoffed at the two Danes’ design ideas and concepts, saying “That stuff will never sell. Six months and they’re out!” Quite the contrary—that “stuff” did sell! It sold so well, in fact, that shortly after, Hansen and Christensen opened additional stores in Tempe, Tucson, and Scottsdale. Continued growth moved Copenhagen into Texas, with stores first opening in El Paso, San Antonio, and, soon after, Austin.
Though the number of Copenhagen stores has grown, Copenhagen has always remained family owned and operated. Our group of stores is now run by original owner Erik Hansen, his younger brother Jorgen Hansen, and Erik’s son, Jens Hansen. Tony Christensen has retired from the company but remains an integral part of the Copenhagen “family.”
Although much has changed since Copenhagen’s humble beginnings, one thing remains constant…Our passion for design. Only products of good design, quality, and value make it into the Copenhagen “collection.” We’re proud of everything that we sell at every price point and stand behind these products with our family reputation.
Shopping at Copenhagen is not your usual retail experience. We are here to ensure that you will experience a refreshing retail environment in all of our showrooms and that you will find furniture that is artistic, functional, and, most importantly, suitable for your lifestyle and living space.
Please come by soon to become part of the Copenhagen “family.” We look forward to working with you!
The Beginning of a Contemporary Journey - an interview with Jens Hansen on KENS5, San Antonio.