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design Arne Jacobsen, 1952
In 1952, the Ant Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen was chosen to furbish the canteen of the new Novo Nordisk company headquarters. At the same time, Jacobsen designed a small egg-shaped table that was perfectly fitting the chair – the Egg Table, light and elegant, with an original ovoid shape tabletop.
The Egg Table marked the birth of a new type of table, compact and casual, corresponding to the birth of a new comfort standard with more comfortable kitchens where people were now used to eating. The Table Egg remained in production until 1960.
Originally, the Egg Table was made with a top covered with a teak or rosewood veneer. This new edition features a walnut veneer, which is the wood most similar to the original version that it is possible today to produce while respecting contemporary criteria of sustainability and ecology.
The egg shape allows the table to accommodate three people in a very friendly way, such as 3 adults or a couple and a child. No one opposes or directly faces each other, favoring the creation of a natural and relaxed atmosphere.
Dimensions 115 x 84 x H74 cm
Materials 75% wood, 25% steel
Warranty Fritz Hansen offers a 10-year warranty after registering your furniture on fritzhansen.com/my-fh
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.