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Arne Jacobsen, 1958
Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg Chair and the Swan Chair for the lobby and reception areas in the Royal Hotel, in Copenhagen.
The commission to design every element of the hotel building as well as the furniture was Jacobsen’s grand opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practice.
The Egg and the Swan are two of the triumphs of Jacobsen’s total design – a sculptural contrast to the building’s almost exclusively vertical and horizontal surfaces.
The Egg and the Swan sprang from a new technique, which Jacobsen was the first to use; a strong foam inner shell underneath the upholstery. Like a sculptor, Jacobsen strove to find the shell’s perfect shape in clay at home in his own garage.
Because of the unique shape, the Egg guarantees a bit of privacy in otherwise public spaces and is ideal for lounge and waiting areas as well as the home.
Egg L86 x P79 x H107 cm – Seat height 37 cm – Footstool L56 x P40 x H37 cm
Swan L74 x P68 x H77 or H85 cm – Seat height 40 cm or 48 cm
Base star base, tilt and swivel
Option automatic return
Warranty Fritz Hansen offer up to 20 years limited warranty if the products are registered at fritzhansen.com/my-fh
How to order ?
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Warm Graphite, Brown Bronze, Silver Grey, Black and Satin Polished Aluminium
The hundreds of fabric and leather colors can all be combined with the different base colors, giving thousands of possible combinations.
Here are a few examples:
Re-Wool 0868 (price group 2)
Christianshavn 1110 (price group 0)
/ Warm Graphite
Christianshavn 1154 (price group 0)
Leather Grace walnut (price group 5)
/ Brown Bronze
Leather Grace walnut (price group 5)
Divina Melange 120 (price group 2)
Leather Natural (price group 5)
Leather Grace dark brown
(price group 5)
Leather Embrace Concrete (price group 5)
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.
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