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Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs and Ottoman in Brazilian Cowhide

US$25,000Asking Priceper set

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Ask any lover of midcentury furniture to name the top 5 iconic chairs of mcm design and we guarantee the egg chair would be on that list. The Forsyth design team was over the moon when we collected the amazing, original Arne Jacobsen egg chair. Jacobsen was a true visionary as an architect and designer, and his Egg chair is the epitome of Danish midcentury design. Jacobsen originally designed the egg chair in 1958 for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. Set on a steel rotating base, the egg chair allows sitters to swivel toward a conversation or away from others for more privacy. This is beautiful pair with an ottoman. The pair can be separated.

Details

  • Creator
    Arne Jacobsen (Designer),Fritz Hansen (Manufacturer)
  • Design
    Egg Chair
  • Dimensions
    Height: 41 in. (104.14 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Seat Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Freshly restored and upholstered in Brazilian cowhide. The bases are in very good vintage condition. A few very minor scratches.
  • Seller Location
    SAINT LOUIS, MO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1701216423631

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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.
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