Friday, October 30, 2009


Reputed by many as the father of Danish Modernism, Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) received international acclaim particularly for his distinctive chairs. Perhaps most recognized is his Series 7 design which along with the Swan was designed for the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1955. The Series 7 design by the way is estimated to have sold more than 5 million copies. Exemplar of Danish Modernism, Jacobsen is also remembered for his architectural works which include St Catherine’s College – Oxford, SAS Air Terminal & Radisson SAS Royal Hotel – Copenhagen, Sterling House – Copenhagen, Bellavista housing project – Klampenborg, and Royal Danish Embassy - London. Jacobsen’s other contribution to pop culture was his flatware design with its right and left-handed spoons. The service collection was selected for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey due to its futuristic appearance. Most AJ furniture designs are still produced by Fritz Hansen and lighting designs by Louis Poulsen. Vintage selections can be sourced on 1stdibs.

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images: (click on images to enlarge)
Series 7 chair & B614 Super-Elliptical table - w/ Piet Hein & Bruno Mathsson (top)
Swan chair (2nd)
Egg chair & ottoman (3rd)
Ant chair (4th)
Oxford chair (bottom)

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