Arne Jacobsen – A Renowned Mid-Century Architect & Designer

Born in 1902 in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen is renowned across the globe as one of the driving forces behind modern Danish design. His father was in the wholesale trade of snap fasteners and safety pins. His mother worked as a bank teller and loved to paint floral motifs as a hobby. Arne was influenced by his mother and originally wanted to become a painter. However, his father encouraged him to study architecture, which led to an apprenticeship as a mason. Later, Jacobsen was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied from 1924 to 1927 in the Architecture School. His breakthrough as an architect came in 1929, with the winning design for the contest on the House of the Future which was really the introduction of modern architecture in Denmark. Going on to design ultra-modern buildings such as the Bellevue Teatret near Copenhagen, the National Bank of Denmark and the Royal Danish Embassy in London. It was during these projects the Jacobsen found he was into product and furniture design, through his growing interest in “Gesamtkunst” (total work of art, i.e. not only designing the building, but everything in it too).

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Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was an architect by calling, but eventually made history by creating sleek and elegant furniture remaining on high demand even to this day. He started designing furniture back in 1934, but it wasn’t until 1952 that he made into the spotlight with his moulded plywood, three-legged Fritz Hansen Ant Chair. Initially designed for the canteen at Novo Nordisk, this chair has become one of the most famous icons of chair design history. Since, the chair has been relaunched as a 4-legged version in many colourways. 

Another success followed in 1955 when he launched one more Mid Century Modern classic – the Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair. This aesthetically pleasing seat comprises press moulded sliced veneer as a further development from the Ant Chair. Providing both comfort and style to your home or workspace this chair is stylish and practical, being able to stack up to 12 pieces, making them easy to store away when not in use. Now available in many finishes including a front upholstery, fully upholstered and various fabrics and leather types. As well as a swivel base finish.

Here, the iconic chair is featured in a rose lacquered colourway which adds a pop of colour to the space. 

By the end of the ‘50s, he was already famous for his striking aesthetics and furniture pieces like the Egg Chair, Swan Chair, Swan Sofa and Series 3300 Chairs.

Fritz Hansen’s Egg Lounge Chair is one of his best achievements and triumphs of his total design journey. The chair itself is one of the most prominent and award-winning designs in the whole of furniture history. It displays a sculptural contrast to the building’s vertical and horizontal surfaces, springing from a new technique first used by Jacobsen himself. The technique involved a strong foam inner shell underneath the upholstery, producing the unique Egg design you see today. The originality and timelessness of the Egg Lounge Chair offers a one-of-a-kind experience both aesthetically and functionally with its unique sculptural curves that will last for years. 

The Fritz Hansen Swan Chair was designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, specifically for lobby and lounge areas. Often imitated but never quite matched, The Fritz Hansen Swan Lounge Chair is a masterpiece in an assortment of fabric colours. Falling in love with it is inevitable, with its beautiful, sophisticated expression applicable to any interior. The sleek and timeless design can fit into any formal room like an office or a sitting room. The joy and comfort it brings to any design enthusiast are two of its most satisfying qualities, along with the precise and quality craftsmanship.

In 1957, Arne Jacobsen designed the Fritz Hansen Grand Prix 4130 Chair. This classic design features oak legs for added style and a seamless impression. In the same year, the Grand Prix chair earned its name at the Triennale in Milan where it received the finest distinction of the exhibition.

As well as designing furniture for Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen has also designed wallpaper for Borastapeter. The Borastapeter Trapez Wallpaper is a classic, graphic pattern based on reversed trapezes, originally designed for fabric in the 1950’s.

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