Arne Jacobsen designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, as well as many of the furnishings. For its busy lobby, he created the biomorphic Egg (1958) a curvaceous chair that balanced the angular appearance of the building. At a time when others were experimenting with bent tubular steel, Jacobsen focused on the upholstered armchair, believing a solution existed that was a refuge but still true to modern ideals. Indeed, he met that goal in creating the Egg. Set on a rotating base, the Egg Chair allows sitters to swivel toward a conversation area or away from others if privacy is desired – a nice option to have in a public area – or tilt back for relaxed lounging. More than 50 years after its design, the Egg Chair is still used in advertising, film and television as a symbol of sophisticated urbanism. This authentic Egg Chair and Ottoman is manufactured by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Poland.
The Egg Chair tilts and swivels.
The Egg Footstool has a comfortable curved shape that cradles your legs and feet.
Finely upholstered, the fabric is hand sewn onto the frame.
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 >