Name: Egg Chair
Designer: Arne Jacobsen
Manufactured for: Radisson SAS hotel
Materials: Polyurethane foam, steel, fabric/leather
Style / tradition: Modern
Sold and manufactured by by Republic of Fritz Hansen
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The Egg is a chair designed in a typical Jacobsen style, using state-of-the-art material. It is believed to be inspired by Eero Saarinen’s “Womb chair”, from which it borrows some traits. The Egg (like the Swan) was also designed as a couch. The shape of the chair will always insure that is a centerpiece of modern furniture to be used for inside decoration. From the first moment you see it you can feel your eyes are drawn to it by beauty and comfort.
The shell is of polyurethane foam with glass fibre reinforcement. The foam for the upholstery and the seat cushion is cold cured polyurethane foam. The shell has an adjustable tilt mechanism, which can be adjusted to the weight of the individual user. The tilt mechanism is made of steel, while the adjustment handle is made of polished stainless steel.
The base consists of a satin polished swivel center part (diameter 38×2 mm) of welded steel tubing and a 4-star base in injection molded aluminium. The leg ferrules are in a black-grey synthetic material
Life and Interesting Facts
Arne Emil Jacobsen is a Danish architect and designer. He is among the most famous 20th century’s designers, and embodies the « functionnalist » movement.
Arne Jacobsen was born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. His father, Johan Jacobsen, was a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners. His mother, Pouline Jacobsen, was trained as a bank clerk and often painted floral motifs in her spare time. The family lived in Claessensgade, Copenhagen in a typical Victorian style home. Maybe that is why Arne, as a child, painted the coloured wallpaper in his room white, as a contrast to his parents’ overly decorated taste.
He was well known for his contributions to the Functionalist movement. Born in Copenhagen, Jacobsen attended the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. While in school, Jacobsen submitted a chair design to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, and was awarded a silver medal. Among his early influences were Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius. After briefly working in the architecture firm of Poul Holsøe, Jacobsen, in collaboration with fellow architect Flemming Lassen, won the House of the Future award from the Danish Architect’s Association. This success enabled him to open his own practice in 1929. Over the next several years, Jacobsen created numerous structures in the International Modern Style, and subscribed to the idea of “total design,” creating everything from the furniture and fittings to the uniforms of the building’s employees. During World War II, Jacobsen was forced to flee to Sweden, where he spent a majority of his time designing wallpaper and textiles. In 1945, he returned to Denmark, and resumed his architectural pursuits, which included The Number Seven Chair and The Ant, launching his reputation as a world-renowned furniture designer. In 1956, he received his most prestigious commission, the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, for which he created everything down to the smallest detail, including ashtrays, lighting, and cutlery. In addition, he produced the Egg and Swan chairs, acclaimed for their organic, sculptural qualities. Also in 1956, he accepted a position as a professor of architecture at the Skolen for Brugskunst. In the 1960s, Jacobsen increasingly turned to forms such as the circle, cylinder, triangle, and cube, always with an eye toward proportion. Today, in addition to his many architectural works, which can be seen throughout Copenhagen, his pieces can be found in numerous international collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Design Museum in London, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
I don’t see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture, as long as they are done properly— Arne Jacobsen