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Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

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Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Arne Jacobsen designed the Ant Chair for the canteen of Novo Nordisk, a Danish international healthcare company. An authentic icon of Scandinavian design, it is considered by many specialists to be the chair that has had the strongest aesthetic influence on designer furniture.

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

The Fourmi Chair is remarkably comfortable despite its minimalist shape and the simplicity of its design. The shell is made up of several layers of pressed and molded veneered wood which give it both its resistance and its perfect elasticity.

The base is made up of 14 mm section steel tubes resting on synthetic material shock absorbers.

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

While the interior layers of wood are always beech, the exterior veneer of the Fourmi Bois chair is available in many different species – maple, beech, fir, ash, elm, oak, walnut and cherry.

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Ant chair wood
3 legs

Ant chair wood
4 legs

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Oak

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Dark oak / Light edge

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Elm

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Walnut

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Ash

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Maple

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Oregon Pine

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Beech

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Cherry

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

2 possible finishes:
visible wood grain (colored ash) or smooth (lacquered ash)

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

The colored ash version leaves the wood grain visible, which makes 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.

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

pale rose

wild rose

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

paradise orange

venetian red

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

true yellow

burnt yellow

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

lavender blue

dusk blue

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

olive green

midnight blue

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

light beige

evergreen

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

deep clay

nine grey

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

white

black

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

The Fourmi chair is now available with a padded front decorated with leather or fabric. This new version is the result of many years of work, due to the specific shape of the chair. It maintains the unmistakable silhouette of the Ant, but allows for further customization options and an extra layer of comfort.

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

white shell
+ Hallingdal 110 fabric
+ chrome base

lavender blue shell
+ Vanir 713 fabric
+ chrome base

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

evergreen green shell
+ Vidar 1062 fabric
+ chrome base

black shell
+ Vanir 193 fabric
+ chrome base

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

oak shell
+ Vanir 413 fabric
+ chrome base

deep clay shell
+ Sunniva 153 fabric
+ bronze brown base

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

black shell
+ black Essentiel leather
+ black base

Customize your chair

Wood
+ front
upholstered

Colored ash
(wood grain visible)
+ front upholstered

Lacquered ash
(smooth surface)
+  front upholstered

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

base colors

Seat height 4 legs : 43 or 46 cm / 3 legs : 44 or 46 cm

Width 48 cm Depth 48 cm

Warantly Fritz Hansen offers 20 years of warranty after registering your furniture on fritzhansen.com/my-fh

Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952
Ant chair  Fritz Hansen – Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen is 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.