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In 1958, during the golden age of air travel, Scandinavian Airline Systems tapped Arne Jacobsen (1902–71), then a notable architect both in his native Denmark and beyond, to design its SAS Royal Hotel. The 22-story building would become Copenhagen’s first skyscraper, and its interiors constitute a monument to modern design and mid-century air travel. The project became a crowning achievement for Jacobsen, who, in conceiving its architecture, interiors and furnishings — which included the elegant Swan chair — had the opportunity to produce a widely visited Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art.”


As a meeting place in one of SAS’s hub cities, the hotel was, by nature, a bustling place. Jacobsen factored that into the design, creating several spaces for activities ranging from business tête-à-têtes to preflight cocktails. The Swan chair was set on a swivel base, an important attribute that offered guests the ability to become mobile participants in the hotel’s buzzy lobby, lounges and elsewhere. 


When it debuted, the Swan — as well as the equally celebrated Egg chair, also created for the SAS Royal Hotel — represented a daring departure from the traditional notion of a chair. With nary a back slat or a linear armrest in sight, the curvaceous shape exemplified Jacobsen’s innovative approach. The seat, as well as its accompanying sofa, was produced by Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen, with which Jacobsen enjoyed a long partnership. Fritz Hansen continues to produce the Swan chair today.


Despite its popularity and Jacobsen’s close relationship with American designers Charles and Ray Eames, who are considered pioneers of easily replicable furniture, the Swan is not ideal for autonomous mass production: The seat of each chair is hand-sewn by an upholsterer to carefully adhere to its shapely curves before being attached to the base, which is made of polished aluminum.


Decades later, the Swan chair continues to be a fixture in modern interiors, with its seat offered in over 30 upholstery options. In 2018, on the hotel’s 60th anniversary, Danish design firm Space Copenhagen undertook an expansive redesign of the SAS Royal Hotel, now known as the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Jacobsen’s Swan chair, Egg chair and Drop chair feature prominently throughout the hotel’s lobby and guest rooms, paired with more contemporary furnishings and bespoke interior detailing for a new jet-set era.


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Arne Jacobson Leather Swivel Chair 'Brown'
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful Arne Jacobson brown leather swan chair is a must-have for any game or showroom. With plush gently worn leather it is incredibly comfortable. The mid-century design wil...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Svanen or Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Kramfors, SE
Armchair Svanen by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in Denmark. Designed during the 1958 and later introduced on SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen the year 1960. SAS Royal Hotel was the wo...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Swan Chairs, Model 3320, by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
A pair of Swan chairs, model 3320, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen. The chairs are with original upholstery in light brown leather. Measures: H 77...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Swan Chair, Model 3320, by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Swan chair, model 3320, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in the late 1950s. The chair is upholstered in cognac colored leather.   
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Red Swan Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen newly re-upholstered red swan chair. Classic midcentury chair, circa 1970s Model with all new foam and fabric! Chair swivels easily. Chair retains all ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Red Swan Chair, Model 3320, Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
The Swan chair, model 3320, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen. The chair is upholstered with red Hallingdal fabric.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Wool

Swan Chair, Model 3320, by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen, 2013
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Swan chair, model 3320, with original upholstery of light natural leather designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2013. We only have on chair left.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
The swan chair, new upholstered in black Elegance aniline leather. Made by Fritz Hansen. New upholstered. This iconic chair is one of the most famous chairs in the world ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
The swan chair, new upholstered in Indian red Elegance aniline leather. Made by Fritz Hansen. New upholstered. This iconic chair is one of the most famous chairs in the w...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Red Leather Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swan Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in London, GB
Arne Jacobsen designed the Swan chair for the lobby of the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen and has become an icon of Mid-Century Modern design. This lovely pair of swan chairs by Fritz H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair in Leather
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
The Forsyth team was over the moon when we collected this amazing, original Arne Jacobsen Model 1265 "Swan" chair. Jacobsen was a true visionary as an architect and designer, and his...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Swan Chair, Model 3320, by Arne Jacobsen and by Fritz Hansen, 1950s
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Swan chair, model 3320, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 1950s. The chair is with original upholstery in black leather.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Swan Chair, Model 3320, Walnut by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen, 2015
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Swan chair, model 3320, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2015. The chair is upholstered in walnut elegance leather and is in great vintage condit...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Arne Jacobsen's Swan Chair is revered for it's incredible comfort and eye-catching design. Iconic midcentury style makes a memorable addition to home or business seating. Please ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swan Chair Mid-Century Modern Swivel Denmark Red
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swan chair Mid-Century Modern Swivel Denmark red. The beautiful Swan chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the lobby and lounge areas of the...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Arne Jacobsen Pair of Swan Chairs by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Highland, IN
Arne Jacobsen designed the Swan chair for the lobby of the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen. It was an immediate sensation and has become an icon of Mid-Century Modern design. This lovely pai...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair in Black Alcantara for Fritz Hansen, Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic Swan chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for the lobby and lounge areas at the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen 1958. This Swan Chair is upholstered in original black Alcantara and p...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Arne Jacobsen "Swan Chair" by Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful early "Swan" chair Model 3320 by Fritz Hansen in red aniline leather on aluminum 4 star base, later professionally reupholstered, marked.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Original Arne Jacobsen “Swan” Chair No. 7105 for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Miami, FL
Early original version of the "Swan" chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, original wool fabric
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Arne Jacobsen, Swan easy chair, new aniline leather upholstery, Fritz Hansen, Denmark Arne Jacobsen designed the Swan as well as the Egg for the lobby and lounge areas at the SAS...
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Late 20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The iconic Swan chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Attractive, ergonomic curves designed to sheathe it's sitter and follow resting limbs. Sits on brushed aluminum swiv...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs for Fritz Hansen, circa 1960
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs for Fritz Hansen circa 1960. The upholstery has been restored. The bases are in original condition.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid Century Modern Original Iconic Swan Chairs Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Pair of Scandinavian designed SWAN Chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark circa 1960s. Chairs retain original Fritz Hansen label underneath the...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Pr Arne Jacobsen Limited Edition Shearling and Suede Swan Chairs, Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Miami, FL
4 available- created it 2009 and marketed by Suite NY, these Swan chairs are exceedingly rare as few were made- Produced by Fritz Hansen, they were done in New Zealand Shearling and ...
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Sheepskin

Original 1960s Arne Jacobsen Black Leather Swan Chair 3320 with Heavy Patina
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Here is a unique Swan chair model 3320 from the 1960s. It's upholstered with black leather with great and heavy patina and spots from paint. The previous owner was an art painter a...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

The Swan Chair, Model 3320, in Light Leather by Arne Jacobsen, 2016
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
The Swan chair, model 3320, in light leather designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2013. The chair is in great condition and was originally designed a...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Early Edition Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of four swan chairs with labels intact designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, circa 1959. Reupholstered in leather with original aluminum bases Highest adjustm...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen Swan
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
The swan chair, new upholstered in cognac aniline leather. Fritz Hansen. 1981. Upholstered in Denmark in 2019 with aniline leather. This iconic chair is one of the most famous ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs Fabric Fritz Hansen Denmark Swivel Easy Chair
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Berlin, DE
Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs (2) with dark blue / grey fabric made by Fritz Hansen Denmark in 2017. Stamped and labeled with serial Nr. / Imprint. Mint / new condition.
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Blue Boiled Wood Upholstery Swan Chairs Arne Jacobsen Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern thick boiled wool upholstery Swan chairs.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool

Swan Chair and Stool by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen, 2001
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
The Swan chair, model 3320, and stool, model 3127, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2001/2003. Both are upholstered with dark brown wool fabric a...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool

As Found Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Adjustable Height Swan Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Ferndale, MI
Leaving this chair in original textile gives the client ability to choose their own covering. All too often I will restore a chair only to have it shipped to an upholsterer.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs, matching set of 3 in Skai
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Singapore, SG
A very rare matching set of 3 Swan lounge chairs model 3320. Designed by Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Copenhagen Hotel which opened in 1960. It is produced by Fritz Hansen. Each c...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Synthetic

Rare Version of "Swan" Armchair by Arne Jacobsen with Wooden Base, circa 1960
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Saint Ouen, Île-de-France
Rare Version of the "Swan" Armchair by Arne Jacobsen with wooden base produced only 6 years between 1960 and 1966. Newly upholstered with ivory Kvadrat fabric.  
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Restored Early Arne Jacobsen Fritz Hansen tilt and swivel Orange Swan Chair
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Ferndale, MI
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen orange swan chair. More rare and desirable tilt version .
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Nicely Restored Early Arne Jacobsen Fritz Hansen Swivel Tilt Orange Swan Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Ferndale, MI
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen orange swan chair. Very nice example with tilt option. Re foamed and correctly upholstered with hand stitched edges.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Arne Jacobsen, Set of 3 Swan Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Singapore, SG
This early example of The Swan lounge chair model 3320 was designed by Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Copenhagen Hotel which opened in 1960. It is produced by Fritz Hansen. It is up...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen Black Leather Swan Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Highland, IN
Jacobsen's iconic design upholstered in rich black leather.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Swan Chair Model 3320 by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and Fritz Hansen, 2003
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Swan chair, model 3320, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2003. The chair is upholstered in cognac colored leather.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in New York, NY
Swan chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. This example is in its original Salmon color vinyl, which shows some wear, normal and consistent with age. The seat swivels on ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Swan Chair Designed by Arne Jacobsen in Original Cognac Vinyl
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural swan chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, circa 1960s. It retains it's original cognac color vinyl upholstery. Super low maintenance and easy to cle...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Leather Swivel Tilt Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Leather swivel tilt swan chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

The Swan Series