WorksHop 66

Workshop 66 is, beyond The Web Shop which you are looking at right now, also my personal PlayGround. My sacred place, where anything goes & where everything is possible. It is the common denominator for all of the activities that I deal with & the ToyBox which gives inspiration to all of my Workshop 66 designs. 

Workshop 66 is the natural evolution of Henrik Christensen Design, where I since 2008 have been developing Gaming & ProAV accessories as well as ergonomic office furniture, for domestic as well as international Companies. It was always projects that other Companies wanted me to help them with. Never projects spawn from my own curiosity & personal interest.

It has been a blast while it lasted. But as time progressed & my projects shifted more into Home Entertainment accessories, I found that the boundaries of Henrik Christensen Design was limiting for everything, that I wanted to pursue in the future. The global Covid-19 pandemic lockdown provided me with the needed break, to rethink my personal & professional priorities. Gave me enough time to draw the rough sketches, for my future work life. A new strategy was born.

First up I needed a new Company name – I needed Workshop 66.

The Workshop 66 name quite simply originates from the fact, that all of my products, in the very best sense of the word, like in the good old days, are made in a real Workshop. By real people. So to say Man made. By good friends of mine, who are all skilled artisans within their own field. With strict focus on the Craft & those good old fashion virtues.

I wanted to go back in time, with the way Workshop 66 operates. Back to a time when people took their time to do things properly. Where pride in ones craft, was the single driving force. Where what was created, had to last for generations. Simply because people back then, did not have the money to spend on buying new stuff all of the time. And I really wanted to focus on solutions & quality, rather than meeting a specific retail price. So yeah, Workshop 66 stuff may not be for everyones wallet. I get that! 

However, going back in time does not necessarily mean, that everything is made without the use of High Tech machinery. We do use 3-axis & 5-axis CNC milling machines, laser & water cutting machines as well as environmental friendly powder coating. All of my ideas start out as hand sketches on a clean sheet of paper, before they are converted into 3D drawings & graphic design, ready for prototyping & production. All wood is hand sanded & polished by myself. The boxes in which the products are being delivered in, are hand made by my good friend Kim, who is a 3rd. generation box maker. As well as an extremely talented self-employed Goldsmith, based in Aarhus.

It is essential that everything that Workshop 66 does, is done as responsible & as sustainable as possible. And that everything is produced locally here in Denmark. This is not to say, that all products are 100% sustainable according to current standards. I really have to emphasize, that I have a great respect for rules & regulations regarding sustainable marketing. But it does mean, that I strive to leave as little a footprint as possible, when I put a new design into production.

A good example would be the boxes in which the products are being delivered in. Yes, I could lower the retail price or increase the profit significantly, if I used standard industry boxes instead. But let’s be honest, you would just throw away such boxes, once you have unpacked my product. Which is anything but sustainable.

That is why I use handmade boxes, made by Vestergaard Aesker. I hope that you will save them & re-use them for something else. Maybe even for something creative!

If you do so, then that is supporting the Old School spirit & is super sustainable. That the boxes then cost 5-6 times as much as an industrially manufactured box, is the price that I am willing to pay, in order to take care of our fragile environment. I hope that you agree with me on that one!

So what can you expect to see from me & Workshop 66 in the future? Well, you can expect me to keep making products that try to solve everyday problems. Products that are different in a good way, so that you hopefully feel that you just have to have them. I hope!

You can expect me to keep coming up with new ways to use honest materials. That I want to continue to share funny & personal stories, about all of the Workshop 66 projects & products on my SoMe platforms.

I will try to be far more open & transparent about the development of the projects & products, than what you have otherwise been accustomed to from other Companies. To me, the stories behind a product, the thoughts that set them into motion & how they are made, are at least as interesting as the product itself.

Workshop 66 products will never be cheap. But if you look at all of the stages, that a product has to go through, as well as the quality of the materials that i use, then you will discover that they are also not particularly expensive. I develop until I am satisfied with the solutions. Produce to a quality, rather than to a price.

It is my ambition, that all Workshop 66 products should be able to last for many years of use & still fit into your home. No matter how many times you may change style along the way. This means that I have to eliminate the time factor from the design. Make it time durable, so to say. Just as the highly praised Masters did, back in the last Millenium, when they – often without even realizing it themselves – created the Nordic classics of the future. Which we have all come to love. That is not to say, that I myself is cheeky enough to claim that my products will become future classics over time. It is just to underline the level which I am striving for & constantly is working towards. Will I succeed? I don’t know. Only time will tell!

Enough talking. Go check out my products in The Web Shop. See if there is anything in there for you & your exquisite taste.

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DEVELOPMENT

WHO IS Henrik Christensen?

Growing up … – seriously, who really cares? In relation to a Company & a web shop, these are probably the fewest. But if you want to grasp the Workshop 66 history & the ideologies behind my designs, then this is where it all begins. So hang on tight!

I grew up on the northern outskirts of Odense, on the island of Funen. In a settler neighborhood, where us kids played with each other on the streets. Where everyone knew each other & the doors were always open. We went on apple robbery in the nearby plantations & built caves in the woods. Looking back as an adult, I do recognize my childhood as being filled with a lot of magical moments & risky adventures.

I come from a very average middle class family, where we never really lacked anything. But we were certainly not financially secure either. The Men in my family were all proud & hard working Craftsmen. A legacy that I, with great respect & pride, have taken into my own working life.

My father was a construction painter & teacher by trade. But an art painter & musician by heart. I got the love for architecture, design, art, music & not least the nature as well as creating something with ones own hands, in with my breast milk as a baby. Great kudos to my ancestors. They taught me to appreciate & respect every little thing that was given to me. I try to pass on that love & dignity to the next generation of Christensen.

As a kid, I modified my toy cars. Turned a beat-up standard Corgi Porsche 911 into a ferocious 935 Moby Dick. I disassembled all of my bikes, to make them lighter & to go faster. Designed & hand built my own racing bikes, loudspeakers & stereo amplifiers. If there was something that i wanted & I could not afford to buy, then I simply built it myself. And I still do. 

Fast forward in time.

Educated as a Technical Designer, I started out – perhaps naturally enough & still by an odd chance – in a totally different line of work. In the Art Gallery industry. Still to this very day, I miss the daily access to art & the creativity in that Craft itself. Here I learned that the devil truly lies in the details & that perfect is not always good enough. Here I also learned the basic skills of much of what I know today, about working with my hands, as we often designed & manufactured our own frame profiles from scratch.

At one point, the oppotuniay arose to turn my life long hobby of “messing around” with loudspeakers & amplifiers into a real career, when I started working at the local Bang & Olufsen dealer here in Horsens. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in starting up a Bang & Olufsen store fra scratch. I have also been privileged to work on international projects for Bang & Olufsen Denmark in Struer, before I landed at Bang & Olufsen in Vejle as a Freelance Frontline Technician.

In the midst of all of that Bang & Olufsen, the urge arose in 2008 to go my own way with what was to become Henrik Christensen Design. It is not easy to accept compromises, when you as me grew up with a self-employed approach to Life. But when you can decide for yourself, it is much easier to avoid most compromises. But starting my own business just before the 2008 World wide economic crisis, was hardly a smart career move!

But … anyway – I just went ahead & did my thing.

One of the first products that I developed, was the Worlds first wall bracket for the iconic Nintendo Wii gaming console, back in 2009. The fitting, which was never meant to be anything but an expensive one-off prototype for a Client, became so popular, that I kind of got forced to put into production. Which again, in turn, led to a whole series of innovative wall mounts for several generations of Sony PlayStations & Microsoft X-Box´es. The RE.PLAY series was a reality & quite a nice success if I might add. Maybe it should be revived the RE.PLAY line again & make it available in The Web Shop?

As the most natural thing in the World, I chose along the way to concentrate more & more on designing for other Companies in their name. Both Danish & international Companies came by with assignments. Some I can mention. Some I can not.

For the largest Scandinavian office furniture Company, Holmris B8 in Bjerringbro, I designed, developed & produced a series of truly radical High End balance boards, for the ergonomically correct working position at elevation tables. The Holmris B8 CORE.Board, the creative process & the business collaboration with Holmris B8, is a project that I am especially proud of today. It should not be possible for a small Company like mine, to be allowed to develop products for such a highly respected & international recognized Company such as Holmris B8. But still, I did just that!

Since then, the CORE.Board project has come back under my control, with the blessing of Holmris B8 & is now re-designed as the RE.FORM series. Maybe it too should be available in The Web Shop?

Fast forward again – this time to the present.

The global Covid-19 pandemic got me thinking. How do I get out to the dealers & the customers, when now there are so many travel restrictions? At the same time, the pandemic also changed customers buying pattern. Forcing a lot of Companies to move to online sales. As for so many others, the new reality also made me reflect on my personal & professional life. How would I like to work for the rest of my life? What life do I want to live? What makes me happy? What gives me energy? What should be out of my life & what should there be more of?

Part of that answer is what you are looking at right now – my very own little Workshop 66 The Web Shop website. With Workshop 66 I will try to offer you a web shop with products of the highest responsible quality. Created as good & honest Craftsmanship. Everything made as locally as possible.

Oh yes, the tone here & on my SoMe platforms, will to a large extent be flavored with my relaxed positive life attitude & my warm Funens sense of humor. It is an acquired taste! It must never ever be stiff & boring to vist Workshop 66.

So what is it that makes me tick?

I am daily inspired to new solutions & designs, based on the things & people which I surround myself with. I am a Die Hard Alfa Romeo & Porsche car enthusiast – one brand talks to my heart & the other speaks to my brain. So it is obvious that something car related, at some point, will make it into The Web Shop. I am also very much into collecting watches. So something watch related perhaps? 

I love music & simply can not function without music. I am fascinated by HiFi electronics – turntables, loudspeakers, amplifiers. You already see the Aja & the Halo headphone stands in THE WEB SHOP. I might have more Hifi related coming up!

I am also super passionated about classic Danish 50´ architecture & quite into retro style furniture. I am super positive that some new & innovative kind of furniture will emerge under the Workshop 66 brand in the near future.

Well yes, I also collect & re-design model cars, at a some what restrained & still reasonable sensible level. All this & much more some how finds – in all sorts of strange ways – into what I work with in Workshop 66. Mixes together & ultimately comes out as very typical Henrik Christensen Designs. Full circle.

I hope that there is something in here for your taste too!

CURRENT DESIGNS

A QUICK OVERVIEW ON SOME OF MY CURRENT DESIGNS