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Fritz Hansen

Ant Chair
coloured & lacquered ash

 

design Arne Jacobsen, 1952

Initially, Arne Jacobsen designed the Ant™ for the canteen at Novo Nordisk, an international Danish healthcare company. The inspiration for the Ant came from Hvidt & Mølggard’s AX-series. Today, the Ant is one of the most prominent icons in the collection. "In my opinion, he Ant is the most influential example of furniture design in the 20th century" says Kjeld Vindum, who add "It is an immensely important chair because it takes into account the new way of life and the new possibilities, and at the same time it has an elegant and up-to-date expression.

Despite its minimalist form and svelte shape, the Ant is an extremely comfortable chair. The shell is in pressure molded veneer. The inner veneer is always beech and the outer veneer is available in different veneers (maple, Beech, Ash, Elm, Oak, etc.) and in colored or lacquered ash. 

Dimensions H81 x W52 x D50 cm – seat height 44 cm
Stackable up to 10 chairs

Warranty Fritz Hansen offers up to 20 years limited warranty if the products is registered at

Ant Chair Coloured Ash
(wood grain visible)
275 €

Ant Chair Lacquered Ash
(smooth surface)
289 €

free samples (against deposit)
96 €

16 shell colours

7 base colours

pale rose

wild rose

paradise orange

venetian red

true yellow

burnt yellow

lavender blue

dusk blue

midnight blue

olive green

evergreen

light beige

deep clay

blanc

nine grey

noire

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.