Arne Jacobsen designed the Ant Chair for the canteen of Novo Nordisk, an international Danish health care company. A true icon of Scandinavian design,
it is considered by many experts to be the chair with the greatest aesthetic influence on design furniture.
The Ant Chair is remarkably comfortable despite its minimalist form and simple design. The shell is composed of several layers of pressed and molded veneer wood that give it both strength and perfect elasticity.
The base is made of 14mm chrome plated steel tubes resting on synthetic shock absorbers.
Materials form-pressed plywood and tubular steel frame
Seat height 4 legs 43 or 46 cm Seat height 3 legs 44 or 46 cm
Width 48 cm Depth 48 cm
Warranty Fritz Hansen offer up to 20 years limited warranty if the products are registered online at fritzhansen.com/my-fh
While the interior wood layers are always beech, the exterior veneer of the Ant Wood chair is available in many different species - maple, beech, fir, ash, elm, oak, walnut and cherry.
2 possible finishes:
visible wood grain (colored ash) or smooth (lacquered ash)
The colored ash version leaves the wood grain visible, making the chair both less shiny and less sensitive to small impacts.
The lacquered ash version is perfectly smooth, which makes the chair both shinier and more sensitive to small impacts.
For the first time, Fritz Hansen is offering the Ant Chair with an upholstered front with leather or fabric.
The result of years of technical innovation, this new version maintains the chair's unmistakable silhouette, but allows for additional customization options and an extra layer of comfort.
"This new version of the Ant Chair is the result of a spirit of constant experimentation and innovation and excellent collaboration between the Fritz Hansen upholstery and development teams," says Marie-Louise Høstbo, creative director at Fritz Hansen.
"The contrast between the interior and exterior materials creates a beautiful dynamic that highlights the design of the chair, which is very beautiful on its own, but also produces a striking effect when combined with other Ant chairs in a large space."
+ fabric Vanir 413
+ chrome legs
deep clay shell
+ fabric Sunniva 153
+ brown bronze legs
+ black Essential leather
+ black legs
(wood grain visible)
Arne Jacobsen was born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. His father, Johan Jacobsen, is a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners. His mother, Pouline Jacobsen, a bank clerk, paints floral motifs in her spare time. The family lived in a typical Victorian style home. As a contrast to his parents’ overly decorated taste, Arne paints his room in white.
Background & school relations
He met the Lassen brothers at Nærum Boarding School: later, Flemming Lassen was to become his partner in a series of architectural projects. Arne Jacobsen is a restless pupil, always up to pranks, with a self-deprecating humour. Already as a child, he showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and depicting nature through scrupulous studies. He wants to be painter, but his father felt that architect was a more sensible choice.
The Pleasant and the necessary trips abroad
Jacobsen’s travelling begin already in his twenties, when he went to sea to New York. Then followed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in Germany and a series of study and drawing excursions to Italy. Jacobsen produced some of his finest watercolours during this period, capturing atmospheres and shapes accurately and carefully. From the beginning of his career, Jacobsen turned his gaze abroad, without abandoning Danish traditions.
Arne Jacobsen behind the design
Jacobsen production reflects his personality: an insistent, perfectionist modernist, to whom no detail was trivial, although the main picture was basically black/white and unambiguous. On the other hand, the nature-loving botanist and jovial family man: like him, his work is precise and warm, Danish and universal, modern and timeless.