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Drop Chair 

Arne Jacobsen, 1958

The Drop chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 to furnish his major work, the legendary Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The first Drop chairs were produced at the same time as the first Egg and Swan chairs, but in a very limited number and exclusively for the hotel.

After more than 50 years of dormancy, this atypical chair arrives on the market. It's a small chair with a big personality, which looks as contemporary and modern today as it did half a century ago. The backrest design provides excellent support and freedom of movement, giving the chair an amazing level of comfort.

Shell ABS plastic – in option, upholstered with cold cured foam and fabric or leather

Base four legs in thin chromed tubes

Width 45,5 cm Depth 54,5 cm Total height 88,5 cm – Seat height 46 cm / 18.1”

Warranty Fritz Hansen offer an extended warranty if the Drop chair is registered online within 3 months fritzhansen.com/my-fh

1 – Drop Chair
plastic shell

Drop Chair Plastic Shell

+ 4 pfelt glides

White 

Black

Deep Clay

Light Beige 

Pale Rose 

Olive Green 

black

grey

Divina Melange fabric 180

2 – Drop Chair
fully upholstered shell

Drop Chair Upholstered

+ 4 felt glides

Canvas 244
(price group 1)

Canvas 614
(price group 1)

Canvas 644
(price group 1)

leather Essential black
(price group 3)

leather Grace Walnut
(price group 5)

Arne Jacobsen

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.