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The celebrated Model 3107, or Series 7, chair showcases Arne Jacobsen’s (1902–71) trademark understatement and interplay between form and functionality. Part of a seductive foray into minimalism for the modernist Danish architect and designer, the Series 7’s seat and backrest were produced from a single piece of bent plywood in 1955 for manufacturer Fritz Hansen. The lean, stackable chair updates Jacobsen’s simple and spare 1952 Ant chair to a broader base while retaining its revolutionary construction (also a one-piece seat and back) and adding an extra leg. It was a thoroughly modern design inspired in equal parts by the Danish cabinetmaking tradition that preceded Jacobsen as well as the gentle and organic forms that typified Scandinavian modernist furniture. The chair was also a technical advancement of Charles and Ray Eames’ innovative plywood molding techniques. 


Trained as a mason and then an architect, Jacobsen assisted in Copenhagen's City Architect's Office after graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1927, where he eventually became a professor. He set up his own design practice in 1930 and produced large-scale projects such as the Bellavista housing estate, a revered work of Bauhaus-style architecture situated north of Copenhagen in Klampenborg. 


In 1960, Jacobsen completed his architectural work on the 22-story SAS Royal Hotel and Air Terminal in Denmark’s capital city, but, as he preferred to be involved thoroughly in such commissions, he designed the interiors as well as every other possible detail for the accommodation property, from lighting to textiles to furniture. A diverse designer with a world-famous work ethic, Jacobsen also created modern light fixtures, bathroom fittings, cutlery and metalware — a 1957 set of flatware he designed for A. Michelsen was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Jacobsen was one of the most successful and accomplished Danish designers of the 20th century. Along with the Ant and massively successful Series 7, his Swan and Egg chairs, produced in 1958 for the SAS hotel, are definitive exports and exemplify Danish modern’s marriage of quality materials, simplicity and thoughtful form. The Series 7 has remained in production since 1955 at Fritz Hansen, where carpenters carefully select and cut sheets of veneer by hand in order to maintain the chair’s classic shape. It remains among Jacobsen’s most simple and pared-down chairs, and while each model is made of pressure-molded sliced veneer, the Series 7 is available in varying veneers and finishes. It is the most sold chair in the manufacturer’s history.


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Arne Jacobsen Set of 4 Model 3107 Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Mexico City, MX
A set of 4 ash plywood and steel model 3107 (number 7) chairs by Arne Jacobsen. These chairs were manufactured in 1999 by Fritz Hansen and distributed by Knoll Studio. The chair's wo...
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Arne Jacobsen dining chair new upholstered with cognac pure aniline leather. Base of chrome steel tube. Model 3107 Syveren, made by Fritz Hansen.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather

Butterfly Chair Arne Jacobsen 'Series 7'
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Arne Jacobsen, series 7 chairs, beech, Fritz Hansen 1981 Design icon designed in Denmark in 1955 2 pas available.   
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Metal

Dining set by Bruno Mathsson, Piet Hein and Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Piet Hein, Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rosewood and steel. Measures: Table H 70 cm/ 2' 4" L 135 cm/ 4' 5 1/2" W 90cm/ 3' Chairs: H 76 cm/ 2' 6 1/4" SH 43 cm/ 17" D 50 cm/ 1' 8" W 48 cm/ 19".
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Sets

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Steel

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, 3107 "Butterfly" Chairs, Set of 6
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Munster, NRW
Set of six chairs model 3107, also called "Butterfly" or series 7, iconic model by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Designed in 1955, the chairs presented here wer...
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

1 Vintage Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Pasadena, TX
Arne Jacobsen Denmark (1902-1971) Arne Jacobsen bought a plywood chair designed by Charles Eames and installed it in his own studio, where it inspired one of the most commercially ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Bar Stools by Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Portland, ME
A pair of series 7 stools in white lacquered ash, produced by Fritz Hansen in 2008. This design Classic from Arne Jacobsen provides function equal to the profile. Chromed steel bases...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Steel

Arne Jacobsen Dining Chairs Model 3107 / Seven Series by Fritz Hansen in Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Set of 6 dining chairs model 3107 designed by Arne Jacobsen. Produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Six White Arne Jacobsen Chairs Series 7 for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Six original Arne Jacobsen chairs in white, more available.
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1990s Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

1960s Arne Jacobsen Butterfly Auditorium Chairs by Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Knebel, DK
Rare auditorium version of the Iconic chair model 3107 / butterfly from the 7 series designed by Arne Jacobsen and manufactured by Fritz Hansen, Denmark in the 1960s. The seats of ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Armchairs Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark. 1950's.
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Teak and stainless steel. W: 45 cm/ 17 3/4" D: 50 cm/ 19 3/4" H: 73,5 cm/ 29"       
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Teak

Modern Series 7 Task Chair by Fritz Hansen Arne Jacobsen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Pasadena, TX
Arne Jacobsen Jacobsen began training as a mason before studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen where he won a silver medal for a chair that was then exhibited at...
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Ash

Arne Jacobsen Office Chair Model 3117 by Fritz Hansen in Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare office chair model 3117 designed by Arne Jacobsen. Produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel