Don’t be fooled by the delicate curves and visual lightness – Arne Jacobsen’s Lily Armchair (aka Model 3208) was designed to withstand the rigors of daily commercial use. Introduced in 1970, the Danish modern master created this wide-shouldered, slim-waisted beauty for the Danish Central Bank. The complex manufacturing required to shape the laminated veneer seat, back and arms rendered it too costly for mass production at the time, but Fritz Hansen brought it back in 2007, using updated technology and a slightly larger scale. Made in Denmark.
A result of Jacobsen’s ongoing exploration of the potential of wood veneer, Lily’s contoured seat and back offer intuitively ergonomic comfort.
The chromed steel, four-legged base provides sturdy, lasting support.
Original design and licensed manufacture by Republic of Fritz Hansen.
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 >