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Classics of Danish Design: Iconic Chairs by Arne Jacobsen

Who was Arne Jacobsen?

Arne Jacobsen received his education at the School of Architecture of the Copenhagen Academy of Arts, where he later became a professor of architecture. Arne Jacobsen’s early works were inspired by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, but soon Arne Jacobsen developed his own style, in which his love for botany, his knowledge of proportions and his love of nature are recognizable. In 1930, Arne Jacobsen founds his own architectural office and joins forces with the architect Flemming Lassen. Four years later, Arne Jacobsen starts working with the Danish furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen. Arne Jacobsen intended to manufacture furniture industrially in a quality that was previously only possible through the craft.

At the end of the 1950s, Jacobsen achieved a high point as an architect designing the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, now called the Blu Royal Hotel. Arne Jacobsen determined the design of the building down to the smallest details, based on his style principles: professional, rational and modern. Not everyone valued the formal language of Jacobsen, his futuristic-looking ideas and the uncompromisingly clear aesthetics of the architect with which the architecture met with much criticism and rejection. His work for the SAS Hotel was very criticized, and it was soon named Copenhagen’s first skyscraper with a glass and steel curtain wall, making it the city’s ugliest building.  Later, Jacobsen won numerous and far more honorable competitions.


The Egg™ Chair

The lounge chair ’Egg’ was specially designed for the lobby and reception areas of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, between 1956 and 1960. Without any edges or corners, the idea behind this chair was to provide “shelter from the noise of the world”, as the perfect lounge chair to take a rest.

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The Swan™ Chair

The Swan chair was also designed for the lobby and lounge area of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, in 1958 in Copenhagen. The innovation behind this chair was based on the total absence of straight lines, and it was built on a molded shell of synthetic material resting on an aluminum star base. Fritz Hansen produced 1,958 in 2008 to honor Arne Jacobsen

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The Drop™ Chair

This chair was originally produced alongside Egg and Swan chairs for the SAS Royal Hotel in  Copenhagen and it was designed specifically for the restaurant by Arne Jacobsen in 1958.

Thanks to new product innovation methods, Drop is now produced in contemporary materials and sold by Fritz Hansen.

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Designers shape the world around us. The furniture we live with is much more than purely functional items. They are aesthetically shaped and their appearance expresses the zeitgeist and our individuality.

Do you want to know more about the Classics of Design and the icons of the 20th century? Published by, this book offers a set of 6 volumes in a slipcase: Charles & Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / Eero Saarinen / Harry Bertoia, Le Corbusier / Pierre Jeanneret / Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Mart Stam / Marcel Breuer. Shop this book.

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