Arne Jacobsen, 1957
The iconic AJ Floor Lamp was created by Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel that the brilliant Danish architect and designer built, furnished and decorated in Copenhagen in 1957. Awarded worldwide, it has become one of the most famous floor lamps of the world design history.
The AJ family includes the floor lamp, the table lamp (available in two sizes, to which was initially added a version to be fixed to the table) and a wall lamp. In association with the AJ Royal pendant light, it was part of the general aesthetic concept imagined by Arne Jacobsen, for which he also designed the famous Egg and Swan armchairs, now edited by Fritz Hansen. The profile of the AJ lamp, with its straight lines and its combination of angles, is an assumed reference to the profile of the Series 3300 (armchair and sofa, also produced by Fritz Hansen), as well as to the geometric lines of the buildings of the architect.
Height 130 cm Weight 3,4 kg
Shade adjustable vertically and horizontally - length 32.5 cm
Light source 1 x E27
Materials Shade: Spun steel. Base: Die cast zinc. Stem: Steel.
Cable 2,6 m – switch on cord
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.
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.
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.
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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