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“THE ULTRAMODERNIST DESIGNER”

Arne Jacobsen

Was born on 11 February 1902 in Copenhagen. He first hoped to become a painter, but Jacobsen was admitted to the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1924 to 1927. He studied under Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob, both leading architects and designers.As early as 1925 the talented architect student was awarded an impressive silver medal for the Paris Chair, which was his very first piece of furniture at the world exhibition in Paris.

On that trip, he was struck by the pioneering aesthetic of Le Corbusier’s L’Esprit Nouveau pavilion. He also became acquainted with the rationalist architecture of Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. Their work influenced his early designs including his graduation project, an art gallery, which won him a gold medal.

In 1929, only two years after his graduation from the Architecture School, the 27-year old Arne Jacobsen won the first prize for an ultramodernistic concept for “The House of the Future” at The Building and Housing Exhibition of the Academic Architects’ Association in Copenhagen. The house was built for the exhibition, and it established Arne Jacobsen as one of the most visionary and progressive Danish architects at the time. At the same time, the house was the first example of actual modernistic architecture in Denmark. It was a spiral-shaped, flat roofed house in glass and concrete, incorporating a private garage, a boathouse and a helicopter pad.

House of the future

PARIS CHAIR

BY ARNE JACOBSEN

Designed in 1925 | Material: Manau & Tohiti rattan

Item no: AJ-11

Paris Chair by Arne Jacobsen

ARNE JACOBSEN BIOGRAPHY

  • 1902 Born in Copenhagen

  • 1924 Enrols as an architecture student at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen

  • 1925 Wins a silver medal for a the Paris Chair at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris where he discovers Le Corbusier’s work

  • 1927 Visits Berlin where he sees the architecture of Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Wins a gold medal on graduating from the Royal Academy

  • 1930 After years of designing private houses as a young architect, Jacobsen wins his first public project to modernise the beach at Bellevue

  • 1935 Completes the groundbreaking Bellavista apartment blocks, now regarded as a classic of the Danish modern movement, in Klampenborg

  • 1935 Designs the controversial Stelling Hus building in Copenhagen

  • 1943 Begins two years of wartime exile in Sweden where he concentrates on textile and wallpaper design and a summer house for two doctors

  • 1945 Returns to Denmark in peacetime to spend several years working on housing and schools.

  • 1950 Starts a five year project to design the Søholm series of houses in Klampenborg, which mark the start of a looser, more experimental phase.

  • 1951 Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ furniture, Jacobsen designs the moulded plywood Ant Chair, later refined into

  • 1955’s best-selling Series 7.

  • 1956 Designs two upholstered chairs – the Egg and Swan – for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen as well as the stainless steel cutlery later chosen by Stanley Kubrick as a prop in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • 1960 Wins the commission to design St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He insists on designing the fixtures, fittings and garden as well as the buildings.

  • 1961 SAS Royal Hotel opens in Copenhagen as the apogee of Jacobsen’s ambition to design a building in its entirety down to the smallest fixtures.

  • 1964 The futuristic Belvedere Restaurant opens in Hannover above an early 18th century garden. Jacobsen begins a three year collaboration with Stelton, run by his foster son Peter Holmblad, on the Cylinda Line cocktail kit

  • 1966 Jacobsen wins the competition to design the new National Bank of Denmark headquarters in Copenhagen. Construction continues after his death with the building opening in 1978.

  • 1971 Arne Jacobsen dies in Copenhagen

THE ICONS COLLECTION

With our ICONS Collection we revitalize iconic pieces of furniture from some of Europe´s most skilled and important architects and designers. Arne Jacobsen, Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, Viggo Boesen and Franco Albini were all pioneers of their time – they broke new ground when they made experimental shapes with the sturdy materials of rattan and wicker and created sculptural and timeless icons. With great respect and admiration for the original designs and in close collaboration with the descendants of these renowned furniture makers, we are pleased and proud to be able to bring these icons back.

AJ-11-SU Paris chair with A620 cushion

Paris Chair

The Paris chair which was part of The House of  the Future is designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1925, is made in Manau & Tohiti rattan.

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Charlottenborg

The Charlottenborg chair is designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1936 and is made in Manau & Tohiti rattan.

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Charlottenborg

The Charlottenborg table is designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1936 and is made in Manau & Tohiti rattan.