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.

Arne Jacobsen

In the same collection
AJ lamp is the result of a command of the SAS Royal Hotel (today Radisson SAS Royal Hotel) in Copenhagen, in 1960. The AJ table lamp is on the same principles as the AJ floor, but due to the useability as a working desk lamp the shade has been expanded. The base of the table lamp was originally intended to accommodate an ashtray but now contributes solely to the design. Initially in black, white and grey, they are now available in several colours.
 
Shade: 350mm. Height: 560mm. Energy class: A+E. Availability: Usually ships in 2-5 business days.
 
Material: Shade: Spun steel. Base: Die cast zinc. Stem: Steel.
Finish: wet painted.
Mounting: Cable type: Plastic cord with plug. Cable length: 2.4m. Light control: Switch in lamp stand.
Weight: Min: 2.1 kg Max: 2.7 kg
Light source: 1x60W E27
Class: Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection II.
Specification notes: The white version is supplied with a white cable. The other versions are supplied with a black cable. The innovation of light sources is ongoing. Consequently we only inform about the max. wattages.

Louis Poulsen

 

AJ table lamp

 

     

design Arne Jacobsen, 1957

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