History 2017-01-03T13:22:41+00:00

The history of Sika-Design

Sika-Designs history is dating back to the 1940s. Today, the 2nd and 3rd generation of the company’s founder, is in charge of the company. Experience the history of Sika-Design through 75 years and read about the main highlights of every decade below.

1940s

Ankjær Andreasen establishes Sika in 1942. The name comes from the Sika deer which is light and elegant. The company was established in Horsens, Denmark, where during the war, there was growing unemployment and shortage of raw materials. The production was based on free raw materials, such as straw from the fields after harvest and reeds gathered from the marshes. After the war, there was also a production of baskets made from wicker in the state prison of Horsens.

1940-2

1950s

In 1951 Sika Møbler moves to Fyn, and expands the production of baskets, and a small production of furniture is started up. The biggest competitor in Denmark was, at the time, Horsnæs. They revolutionized the production of rattan furniture and created new methods of working with rattan. Ankjær Andreasen only worked with the best wicker makers and together they perfected the art of wicker working, focusing on what was to become Sika-Møbler’s design identity: Comfort, quality and design.

1950

1960s

Wicker furniture production is established. Sika starts up its own production in Langeskov on Funen, and acquires stock inventory in Odense. Sika starts to export gift articles to all of Europe, and attends international furniture exhibitions. A German department is established. Sika now employs 100 people on Fyn. In this decade Sika launches a garden furniture collection in teak og steel. Sika now employs 100 people on Funen. In this decade Sika launches a garden furniture collection in Teak and Steel.

Sika-Design history 1960

1970s

In the 1970s Sika focuses more on product development and starts to focus on new materials (Teak) Ankjær Andreasen was a pioneer, and in 1972 he decided to go on a trip to the far east. When he returned, he had bought a piece of land and established a rattan furniture production in Malaysia. Ankjær’s trip is today the foundation of the company. Ankjær Andreasen’s sons joined the company in the 1970’s, and Sika Møbler started to export far beyond Europe to more than 30 countries.

Sika-Design history 1970

1980s

This decade was largely influenced by the oil crisis, and Sika hangs in a thin thread. In 1981 Ankjaer’s son Knud bought the company. In 1984-85 there is a boom in sunroom building and the demand for wicker furniture in rattan explodes. With a production in Malaysia Sika Møbler could meet the growing demand and ship directly to overseas markets. Things are going so well that Sika establishes the sister company Cane-line.

Sika-Design history 1980

1990s

Yamakawa design becomes a huge success to Sika, and Sika establishes its own factory in Malaysia. Sika acquires its largest competitor Horsnæs design and thereby become Sika-Horsnaes. Sika Horsnaes’ growth continues through the 90’s. Knud Andreasen’s daughter, Louise Andreasen joins the company in 1996 and she insists that the company should stick to its roots and continue producing high quality rattan furniture.

sika-design history 1990

2000

In 2003 Sika-Horsnaes introduced its first outdoor collection, weaving with synthetic rattan The garden furniture collection IN-OUT is sold all over the world. In 2007 the indoor rattan collection ORIGINALS is introduced with own models from the 1950’s. The Lloyd Loom collection is also being introduced in this decade. Sika-Design is certified according to ISO14001 and SA8000 (Environment and social accountability) The factory is now only located in Indonesia.

Sika-Design history 2000

2010

Sika-Design launches many new collections in this decade: Georgia Garden with romantic wicker furniture for the garden and in 2012 Sika-Design launches the “Icons” collection of wicker rattan chairs designed in the 50’s by Danish architects and at the same time Sika-Design launches Affäire, which is outdoor café furniture.

Sika-Design history 2010