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Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen

Denmark (1902-1971)
Headshot of designer.

Arne Jacobsen bought a plywood chair designed by Charles Eames and installed it in his own studio, where it inspired one of the most commercially successful chair models in design history. The three-legged Ant chair (1951) sold in millions and is considered a classic today. It consists of two simple elements: tubular steel legs and a springy seat and back formed out of a continuous piece of plywood in a range of vivid colors.

Jacobsen began training as a mason before studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen where he won a silver medal for a chair that was then exhibited at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Art Decoratifs in Paris. Influenced by Le Corbusier, Gunnar Asplund and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jacobsen embraced a functionalist approach from the outset. He was among the first to introduce modernist ideas to Denmark and create industrial furniture that built upon on its craft-based design heritage.

First among Jacobsen's important architectural commissions was the Bellavista housing project, Copenhagen (1930-1934). Best known and most fully integrated works, are the SAS Air Terminal and the Royal Hotel Copenhagen for which Jacobsen designed every detail from sculptural furnishings such as his elegant Swan and Egg chairs (1957-1958) to textiles, lighting, ashtrays and cutlery.

During the 1960's, Jacobsen's most important work was a unified architectural and interior design scheme for St. Catherine's College, Oxford, which, like his earlier work for the Royal Hotel, involved the design of site-specific furniture. Jacobsen's work remains appealing and fresh today, combining free-form sculptural shapes with the traditional attributes of Scandinavian design, material and structural integrity.

Arne Jacobsen

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Egg™ Footstool in Basel Fabric
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$35.00 - $299.00USD
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AJ Wall Sconce
AJ Table Lamp
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$7,692.00 - $9,207.00USD
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$16,120.00 - $18,399.00USD
AJ Floor Lamp
Super Elliptical Table
Super Elliptical Extension Table
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$8,018.00 - $9,386.00USD
Ant™ Chair with 4 Legs in Colored Ash
Ant™ Chair with 3 Legs in Colored Ash
Grand Prix™ Chair with Metal Legs
Series 7™ Barstool in Colored Ash
Series 7™ Barstool in Lacquered Veneer
Series 7™ Barstool in Natural Veneer
Series 7™ Chair in Colored Ash
Series 7™ Chair in Lacquered Veneer
$518.00 - $735.00USD
Series 7™ Chair in Natural Veneer
Series 7™ Counter Stool in Colored Ash
Series 7™ Counter Stool in Lacquered Veneer
Series 7™ Counter Stool in Natural Veneer
Swan™ Sofa in Milani Fabric
Swan™ Chair in Milani Fabric
Swan™ Chair in Fame Fabric
$4,286.00 - $4,297.00USD
Series 3300 2-Seater - Fame
Series 3300 3-Seater - Fame
City Hall Clock
Series 3300 Armchair - Fame
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Upholstered Drop™ Chair
Series 7™ Monochrome Chair in Colored Ash
Series 7™ Monochrome Chair in Lacquered Veneer
$518.00 - $735.00USD
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$448.00 - $854.00USD
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