Posted on December 9, 2008 - by I ♥ Original
Arne Jacobsen, a Danish Jewish architect and designer, specialised in the “Danish Modern” style.
Among his architectural achievements are St Catherine’s College, Oxford, work at Merton College, Oxford, the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, the Danish National Bank building in Copenhagen, as well as a number of town halls and other buildings in his native Denmark. Jacobsen created a number of highly original chairs and other furniture. He received several international distinctions and medals.
From 1927 until 1930, he worked in the architectural office of Paul Holsoe. In 1930, he established his own design office, which he headed until his death in 1971, and worked independently as an architect, interior, furniture, textile and ceramics designer. He was professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, Copenhagen, from 1956 onwards.
Many of Jacobsen’s furniture designs have become classics, including the Ant™ chair from 1952, which became the first of a number of lightweight chairs with seat and back to be produced from one piece of moulded wood. Jacobsen is, however, best known for the Model 3107 chair of 1955, known also as the “Number 7 Chair” which has sold over 5 million pieces. The Series 7™ chair is best known for being the prop used to hide Christine Keeler’s nakedness in Lewis Morley’s iconic portrait of 1963. Morley just happened to use a chair that he had in the studio. Since then, Series 7™ chairs have been used for many similar portraits imitating the pose. It was designed using a new technique in which plywood could be bent in two dimensions. It has been produced exclusively by Fritz Hansen ever since its invention in 1955 and has become the most important success in Danish furniture history. It is also the most copied chair in the world. You know that if the chair hasn’t been made by Fritz Hansen, it’s a copy.
In 1958, Arne Jacobsen designed the Swan™ and the Egg™ Chairs for the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. These organically shaped chairs have since become synonymous with Danish furniture design throughout the world. Because of the unique shape, the Egg™ guarantees a bit of privacy in otherwise public spaces. The Egg™ chair – with or without ottoman – is ideal for lounge and waiting areas as well as the home.
His other visible contribution to pop culture in the media is his flatware design , with right- and left-handed spoons in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, picked for the film because of its “futuristic” design.