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Characterized by clean lines and an application of ergonomics, the Oxford chairs in the banquet hall at Oxford University’s St. Catherine’s College suggest style and prestige, and the professors who sit in them wouldn’t have it any other way. Celebrated Danish architect Arne Jacobsen (1902–71) created the graceful high-backed chair as part of his 1960 architectural commission to design the campus. Not unlike the work he had just completed at the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Jacobsen’s modernist vision for what became the esteemed institution on England’s River Cherwell was all-encompassing: He created clocks, flatware and all of the furnishings for the school. In the dining hall, the students would be seated in his low, lightweight 1955 Series 7 chairs, while their teachers relaxed in the regal Oxford chairs.


Jacobsen excelled at product and furniture design, achievements that owe to his careful attention to every detail of his architectural work. A one-time bricklayer who became a leading figure in a field largely dominated by former cabinetmakers, the Copenhagen native is widely known for his sophisticated chairs. 


While he was still an architecture student in 1925 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Jacobsen won an award for a chair he designed at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris. Later, in 1952, following years of executing successful architectural projects out of his own practice, Jacobsen designed his revered Ant chair, a slim and stackable piece for the employee cafeteria of a pharmaceutical company. The Ant is a modernist marvel — its one-piece plywood seat and backrest derived from the work that American designers Charles and Ray Eames had advanced in their plywood furniture making. Jacobsen’s improvements on the Ant yielded the curvy Series 7, which he utilized in his commission at St. Catherine’s College.


Made of molded sliced veneer, the fully upholstered shell of the Oxford chair produced for St. Catherine’s College was specifically crafted with a high back to offer privacy for professors as they dined at the banquet hall’s long tables. The chair was intended to symbolize the faculty’s authority over the student body. St. Catherine’s was still under construction when it officially opened in 1962, as Jacobsen didn’t complete the project until the following year. Fritz Hansen introduced the Oxford chair in 1965. In addition to the towering professorial original, it is now available in low- or medium-height versions, privacy and authority be damned.

Arne Jacobsen Oxford Chair

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Arne Jacobsen Oxford Lounge Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Arne Jacobsen Oxford chair four-star base in aluminum. Turn able, goes back to the start automatic. New upholstered with vintage tan aniline leather. Made by Fritz Hansen. ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Arne Jacobsen Black Leather Oxford Classic Chair for Republic of Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Miami, FL
Black leather office or desk chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for the Republic of Fritz Hansen. Original designed in the 1960s, this chair is a more current production and was produce...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Arne Jacobsen Oxford Chairs by Fritz Hansen Denmark Set of Six 1970s
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Nice set of six Arne Jacobsen Oxford swivel dining chairs. Made by Fritz Hansen Denmark. Leatherette, metal and aluminium. Very good condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen Oxford Chairs by Fritz Hansen Denmark, Set of Six
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in London, GB
Beautiful and rare set of six Arne Jacobsen Oxford swivel chairs. Made by Fritz Hansen Denmark, 1960s Original tan leather with aluminium base and original labels. Very good or...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Oxford Dining Chairs in Mohair
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Miami, FL
A set of six Oxford chairs. A seemingly simple design becomes the epitome of modern elegance in the hands of Arne Jacobsen. The upholstery is blue and orange mohair, possibly a fabri...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mohair

Set of Six Oxford Chairs with Original Leather, Designed by Arne Jacobsen 1962
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A set of six Oxford dining chairs with original leather. Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1962. Made by Fritz Hansen, Denmark.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Black Leather 'Oxford' Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A swiveling 'Oxford' chair designed by Arne Jacobsen featuring a low black leather back on a cast aluminum five point base. Made in Denmark by Fritz Hansen.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Aluminum

Oxford High Back Swivel Lounge Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Porto, PT
This stunning high back slipper chair was originally designed for professors at St. Catherines College in Oxford. A sleek design with a high curvy backrest ensuring maximum comfort. ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Leather Oxford Swivel Chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, 1973, Signed
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Model 3271 Oxford chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in 1963 in excellent condition. This set was produced in 1973 per the affixed Fritz Hansen labels. *NOTE* Two Cha...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Arne Jacobsen Pair of Chair, Model Oxford, Newly Reupholstered, Danish 1965
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Scandinavian Oxford chair design A. Jacobsen vintage edition Fritz Hansen Authentic Oxford chair imagined by Danish Designer Arne Jacobsen in 1965 for St Catherine's College. Swivel...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum

1960s Set of 8 Danish High Back "Oxford" Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A set of eight swiveling armless high back "Oxford" chairs on five-point satin cast aluminum bases in vibrant mauve vintage upholstery.  
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

1965 'Oxford' Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in Original Beige Wool
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Scandinavian Modern 'Oxford' chair in beige upholstery with a low back on a cast aluminum five point base. Designed by Arne Jacobsen, made by Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1965. Listed p...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

Eight Mid Century Modern Chairs by Arne Jacobsen, Manufactured by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Vienna, AT
Oxford High Back It was - and is - extremely Minimalist, yet it combines beauty with comfort. The high back Oxford chair was originally designed for the dining halls at St. Catherine...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Foam, Poplar

MidcenturyBlack Leather Oxford Chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in RHEEZERVEEN, Overijssel
Set of six Oxford chairs with black leather seating by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Designed for the St. Catherine´s College in Oxford, which was also designed by Arne Jacobsen. C...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Arne Jacobsen High-Backed ‘Oxford’ Chair in Rosewood, 1965
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rare Arne Jacobsen high-backed ‘Oxford’ chair, designed for the dining hall, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, 1965. Brazilian rosewood-veneered plywood. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen,...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Rosewood

Arne Jacobsen Oxford Chairs Model 3272 by Fritz Hansen in Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare set of Oxford high backed chairs model 3272 designed by Arne Jacobsen. Produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Four Arne Jacobsen Denmark Oxford Swivel Chairs High Back Style 3172
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted set of four Arne Jacobsen famed Oxford Swivel chairs, style number 3172. Done in a white leather. The original version of the Oxford chair was designed for the professors ...
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Arne Jacobsen Denmark Oxford Swivel Chairs High Back Style, 3172
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Arne Jacobsen famed Oxford swivel chairs, style number 3172. Done in a white leather. The original version of the Oxford chair was designed for the professors at St. Cathe...
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Arne Jacobsen Denmark Oxford Swivel Chair High Back Style 3172
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Arne Jacobsen famed Oxford swivel chair, style number 3172. Done in a white leather. The original version of the Oxford chair was designed for the professors at St. Cather...
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Oxford High Back Swivel Lounge Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning high back slipper chair was originally designed for professors at St. Catherines College in Oxford. A sleek design with a high curvy backrest ensuring maximum comfort. ...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Arne Jacobsen Oxford Chairs
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Set of 4 Arne Jacobsen Oxford chairs model #7403 manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 1965. A great set of chairs in their original vegetable dyed leather.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Side Chairs

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Steel, Aluminum