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No-one was more responsible for the international prestige of 'Danish Modern' than Arne Jacobsen and, in his Egg Chair, he created one of the most enduring symbols of the 20th century.

The chair and foot stool were designed in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen's first skyscraper, which its critics described as a 'glass cigarbox'.

With the hotel, Jacobsen attempted a modernist total-work-of-art: he designed the whole venture from the cutlery to the tower... and everything in between, including the Swan and Egg chairs. Thought to have been inspired, in part, by Eero Saarinen's 'Womb Chair', its organic form contrasts tellingly with the uncompromising geometry of the building itself.

Upholstered in a stylish leather that develops a patina over time, the chair is manufactured by Fritz Hansen with a unique ID number engraved on the underside.


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Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) is one of the most important and successful contributors to modern Danish architecture and design in history. Born in Copenhagen in 1902, he worked as a stone mason up until 1924 when he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.


Before even graduating, Jacobsen had already made a name for himself by winning a silver medal for a chair design at the 1925 Paris Art Deco fair, ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’. On graduating in 1927 he obtained a job at Copenhagen city architect Poul Holsøe's architectural practice. Continuing to stand out within the architecture world, in 1929 he won a Danish Architect's Association competition, for a project that he and Flemming Lassen collaborated on titled "House of the Future”.


However, his major public breakthrough as an architect came in 1932 when he won a competition for the design of a seaside resort complex in Klampenborg, just north of Copenhagen.


Among his most famous works as an architect are the apartment blocks Bellavista in Klampenborg (1933-34), Bellevue Theatre (1935-36), Søholm semi-detached houses in Klampenborg (1950-54), Rødovre Town Hall (1957), The Munkegård School in Copenhagen (1955-59), Danmarks Nationalbank (started in 1965), and Saint Catherine’s College in Oxford (1964-66). Though, the project that he is probably most remembered for is the SAS Royal Hotel Copenhagen (1956-1960) as it was this that saw him design not only the building but everything from the furniture – including the iconic Egg and Swan chairs – to the gifts sold in the shop.


In 1956, Jacobsen returned to the Royal Danish Academy and taught architecture for 11 years (1956-1965). However, he continued to design products and buildings right up to his unexpected death in 1971.Today his legacy as an avant-garde designer lives on through his architecture and products that are as popular as ever.


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