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Early Edition of the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

US$18,600Asking Price


Easy chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, leather and steel, Denmark, designed 1958, produced 1959.  This chair is one of the most iconic design in the history of Danish design. This chair, was originally designed for the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. The hotel can be seen as the first real designer hotel. The hotel was to function as a showroom for Danish design and Jacobsen ambitiously took up the challenge of designing everything from the building to the furnishing and even the smallest details of the door handles. For the furnishings, he was inspired by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames. He initially molded the 'Egg' lounge chairs from chicken wire and plaster, so as to perfect the desired shape of the seat shell, coming to this model without the seatcushion later models have. Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), originally trained as an architect is now most well-known for his furniture. It was only later in his career that Jacobsen created the pieces that he is now most known for. One of Jacobsen's main aims was to reduce material input to achieve clean visual lines. Technical quality and ergonomics were, however, not affected by the reduction. What is interesting is that where he followed mainly cubist functionalism in his architecture, he nevertheless mainly preferred organic forms in the design of his furniture. What all his works have in common, however,, is the application of the right proportions, both within a piece of furniture and in its relationship to the room.


  • Creator
    Fritz Hansen (Manufacturer),Arne Jacobsen (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 41.74 in. (106 cm)Width: 34.26 in. (87 cm)Depth: 27.17 in. (69 cm)Seat Height: 14.18 in. (36 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Large tear in backrest is restored, yet still visible. The leather itself has a beautiful patina.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450125081stDibs: LU933119071772

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About the Design

Egg Chair

Designed by Arne Jacobsen
Designed in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the Egg chair is a Scandinavian classic that has over the years become a fixture of corporate offices. It bears every mark of Arne Jacobsen's (1902–71) outsized perfectionism, for which the Danish architect was widely known. The Egg chair was notable for its overtly organic appearance, which Jacobsen achieved with craft-based padding and upholstery finishing. Unlike the furniture maker’s previous range of shell chairs designed in laminated wood for Fritz Hansen, the Egg — and the Swan chair along with it — reflected a soulful new vision of modernity. Both created for the accomodation property, which opened in 1960, the chairs were meant to contrast with the SAS Royal Hotel’s straight lines as well as showcase Jacobsen’s eye for interiors. A graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Jacobsen was a polymath who made just about everything — light fixtures, ashtrays, silverware and even door handles. For the SAS Air Terminal and Royal Hotel, he handled every detail, from textiles to furnishings. In the 1940s, the one-time mason found considerable success as an industrial designer, most notably with the Ant chair and Series 7 chairs for Fritz Hansen. Jacobsen was influenced by modernism and designers like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Forward-looking projects like the “House of the Future” — codesigned with Flemming Lassen in 1929 and featuring a then-revolutionary automatic garage door opener — cemented his status as an innovator. Throughout his career, Jacobsen earned many awards, including the prestigious RIBA Bronze Medal in 1963. With the Egg chair, Jacobsen continued his ongoing experimentation with synthetic materials. First, he devised small-scale clay models in his garage. The prototypes' finished shells were made of fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane foam, padded with cast latex foam rubber and then, upholstered with leather — or, in the cost-conscious hotel’s case, fabric. Today, the Egg chair is supported by welded steel tubing and is mounted on a lightweight aluminum base. It is available from Fritz Hansen.
About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

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