Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen


He has created the most copied chair in the world: the Fourmi chair. Born in 1902, Arne Jacobsen is a Danish architect and designer whose works have laid the foundation for Scandinavian organic modernism that is still influential today. First trained as a builder from 1924, Arne Jacobsen graduates in architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1927. Until 1920, he works for Paul Holsoe’s architecture study, before starting his own study in 1930. He worked there until his death.

The realization of the Bellavista residential building in Klampenbor in the suburb of Copenhagen (1933-34), contributed greatly to his fame and build his reputation as the « Danish Le Corbusier». But his greatest success is without any doubt the Ant Chair (1952), and the several declinations of the model, such as the Serie 7. Produced in some 5 million units, it’s among the biggest commercial success of the history of design. Another of his major realization is the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen (1958-1960), for which he created the famous Egg and Swan armchairs. As they name indicate, Arne Jacobsen like getting his inspiration from organic shapes or even Zoomorphism. He dies in 1971. Twenty years later, he is awarded the International Design Award post-mortem. 

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