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

235x95cm table
185x95cm table
150x95cm table
The Grand Prix table is available in 3 dimensions and one wood only: oak. The 3 dimensions have been calibrated to optimise the use of chairs and armchairs, allowing for example the intermediate size to take in its length 4 armchairs or 6 chairs.
The table takes its name from the eponymous chair and shares the shape of its characteristic base. Small changes compared to the original design of 1957: the sizing of the base a little more generous to ensure a better stability, and the addition of a metal bar under the table top to increase the rigidity. The slightly rounded edges of the top respond to the legs' curve and give the table its discreet elegance.
Materials oak veneer table top with solid oak edges, solid oak base
Dimensions 150x95cm, 185x95cm, 235x95cm. Height 72cm
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Grand Prix table
design Arne Jacobsen, 1957
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