Arne Jacobsen

The week’s featured designer is remembered first and foremost for his simple and functional chair design.

Arne Jacobsen (b. 1902 – d. 1971) was a world renowned Danish architect and designer and one of the front figures of the Danish New Modern design movement.

From 1924 to 1927 Arne Jacobsen studied at the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Graduating from the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, he received the gold medal of honour.

Shortly after he set up his own office in 1930 Arne Jacobsen designed the resort complex, Bella vista, for Gentofte Municipality. This project marked made his major public breakthrough in Denmark, which also established him as a leading national proponent of the international modern style.

However, today Arne Jacobsen is remembered primarily for his furniture designs, most of which was a result of cooperation with furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen. Likewise cooperation with lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen resulted in iconic lamps.

Especially his chair designs, simple and effective in function, are iconic and well known. For example the Egg, the Swan, and the series 3300, which were made specifically for the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.

Arne Jacobsen’s work is regarded as an important and original contribution both to modernism and to the specific place Denmark and the Scandinavian countries have in the modern movement.

When Arne Jacobsen died unexpectedly in 1971, he had a number of large projects under way. These included a new town hall in Mainz, Germany, the Danish National Bank and the Royal Danish Embassy in London.


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