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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and studied architecture at the Arts and Crafts Academy of Copenhagen. Upon graduating in 1927, he opened his own office. While his early work was influenced by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Gunnar Asplund, he was firmly a part of the more organic modern movement by the 1950s. Charles Eames' s DCW inspired one of Jacobsen´s Ant chair (1952), which was ideally suited for mass production.

Jacobsen insisted on complete control of his projects, designing buildings and interiors that were beautifully cohesive, often designing the structures themselves, as well as the furniture, lighting, textiles and even the restaurant flatware.

His well-known Swan chair (1958) was designed for just such a project, the S.A.S. Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Other famous works include the Egg chair (1958) and his 1957 flatware for A. Michelsen, which was considered so futuristic that it appeared in Stanley Kubrick´s film 2001: A Space Odyssey

Honors and awards received by Jacobsen include the grand prize at the 1957 Triennale di Milano, the 1960 Grande Prix Internationale, the 1969 Industrial Design Prize, and the 1971 gold medal from the French Academy of Architecture. He designed for Fritz Hansen, Louis Poulsen, Vola, Stelton and Michelsen, among others.


Arne Jacobsen. Table. Unknown

Flora vase

Egg chair
Swan chair
Centennium Vinkler fabric
Ant chair
Grand Prix chair
Flatware for A. Michelsen
Gran curtain fabric


  1. Egg chairs are so cool, thanks for the 'story behind the egg'.

  2. The Swan and Egg truly are iconic, sometimes to the point of seeming cliche', but from time to time, I take a look at them and realize how gorgeous they truly are and how fresh and new they were in 1958. Millions of owners can't be wrong.

  3. I couldn't agree more with that, Dana. Great design will transcend trends. Great post.

  4. I've always had a thing for the Egg chair. It's so space age....even today!