At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.

I AGREE
    

A Look Back at Danish Architect Arne Jacobsen's Iconic Egg Chair

By Drew Limsky | April 17, 2018 | Home & Real Estate

The stylish staple of Danish minimalism turns 60 this year.

Arne-Jacobsen-egg-chair.jpg

It was the steel-framed seat that launched a million imitations: Danish architect Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) created his iconic Egg chair six decades ago. A beloved touchstone of midcentury modernity and pop, the ubiquitous Egg is the cozy yet streamlined piece Jacobsen crafted for his SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen (now the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel), the city’s first skyscraper. Though it would look perfect on the set of Mad Men, the Egg, with its sweeping curves, semiprivacy and ability to move (it both tilts and swivels) is still timely (or timeless), continuing to spell jet-set hospitality. Indeed, the chair appeared to great fanfare in San Francisco Airport’s Terminal 2 more than a half century after Fritz Hansen began producing it.

Jacobsen grew up in Copenhagen to parents whose pursuits signaled function and form: His father sold safety pins and snap fasteners, while his mother painted as a hobby. The young architecture student began winning prizes for chair design in 1925, when he took a silver medal at an art deco fair in Paris. Jacobsen soon scored prestigious residential commissions and even ruffled some feathers for his ultramodernist homes, but his thriving career was interrupted when he was forced into exile to escape the Nazis—he was aided by the Danish resistance—during World War II.

He later returned to Denmark with a roar. Though he designed houses, faucets and lighting (the last in collaboration with Louis Poulsen), Jacobsen became most associated with his sinuous chairs; indeed, the Swan chair, also produced for the SAS Royal Hotel, became nearly as famous as the Egg. Available at Design Within Reach and Luminaire, the Egg chair can be wrapped a dozen dierent ways, from aqua fabric (shown here) to chartreuse and from walnut leather to cowhide.

dwr. com, luminaire.com



Tags:

Photography by: ARNE JACOBSEN PORTRAIT FROM PER PEJSTRUP