Petersen is a Danish brickworks founded in 1791 and still run by the same family
Today the brickworks are run by Christian A. Petersen and his daughters, who are the eight and ninth generation of a direct line. The company exports all over the world and European Building Materials is its UK agent.
The high calibre bricks are either handmade, or made by machines that emulate the handmade process. Priced at the more expensive end of the scale, these exclusive bricks are water struck and coal-fired, a process which adds vibrant light and dark shades.
Petersen produce 31 brick types in a wealth of colours, from reds, browns and buffs to blacks and greys. Custom-made solutions can be provided – because of the clay used and coal-firing, the shade required can be pinpointed exactly.
Petersen Kolumba™ is a range of handmade, horizontal building ceramics. The units are manufactured using centuries-old craft traditions. Temperature variations in the firing process create beautiful textures and shades. The units come in a standard slimline format of 528 x 108 x 37 mm with custom sizes available.
The company’s innovative Petersen Cover of handcrafted, horizontal ceramic units for masonry and tiling won the 2014 World Architecture News product of the year award. A new form of brick created in collaboration with architects, Petersen Cover units are attached to a frame and combine the look of modern precision with rustic beauty.
Architects Stiff + Trevillion were looking for something really unique for the facade of a redeveloped office block on Islington’s busy Pentonville Road. They specified three coal-fired Petersen bricks in whitish, light-grey and black-grey shades and the building now has a facade that sings.
Petersen publish a magazine of product and project news twice yearly. You can download a copy.