Originally designed for the canteen at Novo Nordisk, an international Danish healthcare company, the future of the Ant Chair (1952) was unclear when the manufacturer expressed concern about its potential. But Arne Jacobsen believed in his product and offered to buy all of the chairs if they didn’t sell. Of course, he never had to make good on that offer as the Ant Chair quickly became an international success. Jacobsen shaped the core of Danish design identity when he accommodated three different bends in one piece of plywood, simply by narrowing the chair back. This chair is ideally suited to the human body. Its seatback has a comfortable give, and its waterfall seat edge doesn’t press into legs. Stackable up to six high. This is the authentic Ant Chair by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark.
Choose from nine options of Colored Ash, a durable stain that keeps the wood grain visible, making each chair unique.
Pressure-molded sliced veneer shell with outer layer in lazur-painted ash veneer; tubular steel frame with polished-chrome finish.
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. Read more >