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Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

Danish, 1847-1902
Danish, 1847-1902

When the Copenhagen-based furniture maker Fritz Hansen opened for business more than 140 years ago, the company — which today styles itself The Republic of Fritz Hansen — adhered to the traditional, time-honored Danish values of craftsmanship in woodworking and joinery. Yet thanks to the postwar innovations of Arne Jacobsen and others, Fritz Hansen would become the country’s leader in Scandinavian modern design using new, forward-looking materials and methods.

Fritz Hansen started his company in 1872, specializing in the manufacture of small furniture parts. In 1915, the firm became the first in Denmark to make chairs using steam-bent wood (a technique most familiar from birch used in the ubiquitous café chairs by Austrian maker Thonet). At the time, Fritz Hansen was best known for seating that featured curved legs and curlicue splats and referenced 18th-century Chippendale designs.

In the next few decades, the company promoted simple, plain chairs with slatted backs and cane or rush seats designed by such proto-modernist masters as Kaare Klint and Søren Hansen. Still, the most aesthetically striking piece Fritz Hansen produced in the first half of the 20th century was arguably the China chair of 1944 by Hans Wegner — and that piece, with its yoke-shaped bentwood back- and armrest, was based on seating manufactured in China during the Ming dynasty. (Wegner was moved by portraits he’d seen of Danish merchants in the Chinese chairs.) 

Everything changed in 1952 with Arne Jacobsen’s Ant chair. The collaboration between the architect and Fritz Hansen officially originated in 1934 — that year, Jacobsen created his inaugural piece for the manufacturer, the solid beechwood Bellevue chair for a restaurant commission. The Ant chair, however, was the breakthrough.

With assistance from his then-apprentice Verner Panton, Jacobsen designed the Ant chair for the cafeteria of a Danish healthcare company called Novo Nordisk. The chair was composed of a seat and backrest formed from a single piece of molded plywood attached, in its original iteration, to three tubular metal legs. Its silhouette suggests the shape of the insect’s body, and the lightweight, stackable chair and its biomorphic form became an international hit.

Jacobsen followed with more plywood successes, such as the Grand Prix chair of 1957. The following year he designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and its furnishings, including the Egg chair and the Swan chair. Those two upholstered pieces, with their lush, organic frames made of fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane, have become the two chairs most emblematic of mid-20th-century cool. Moreover, the Egg and Swan led Fritz Hansen to fully embrace new man-made materials, like foam, plastic and steel wire used to realize the avant-garde creations of later generations of designers with whom the firm collaborated, such as Piet Hein, Jørn Utzon (the architect of the Sydney Opera House) and Verner Panton. If the Fritz Hansen of 1872 would not now recognize his company, today’s connoisseurs certainly do.

Find a collection of vintage Fritz Hansen tables, lounge chairs, sofas and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Fritz Hansen
Arne Jacobsen Model 3117 Adjustable Desk Work Chairs, 1955, Early Matching Pair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in London, GB
Arne Jacobsen (designer) Fritz Hansen (manufacturer), Denmark Pair of Model 3117 desk chairs, designed 1955 Black lacquered veneered plywood, nickel-plated steel, swivel base on...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Plywood

Set of 8 Danish Desk Chairs in by Jørgen Rasmussen
By Fritz Hansen, Jørgen Rasmussen
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of eight chairs on a swivel base. Designed by Jørgen Rasmussen for Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Original condition.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Beech

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swivel Desk Chair in Leather
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, office chair model '3117', leatherette, chromed metal, aluminum, plastic, Denmark, designed in 1955, produced in 1967. With its slender metal fram...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Office Chair
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern desk chair boasts a tag underneath with the date 1980 and designer name, "Fritz Hansen." A lovely Danish design that combines comfort and convenience per...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobson for Fritz Hansen in Blue Leather, Signed
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fantastic signed example egg chair by Arne Jacobson for Fritz Hansen in a custom commissioned electrifying blue high-grade leather with incredible quality and durability as you wou...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swan Chair in Blue
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Hudson, NY
The beautiful Swan™ chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the lobby and lounge areas of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The design contains no straight lines, making it ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Verner Panton, Set of Four "A" Chairs "System 1-2-3" for Fritz Hansen, 1970s
By Verner Panton, Fritz Hansen
Located in Paris, FR
Panton's "System 1-2-3" utilises a cantilevered form. This seating was developed as a multi-functional set. Indeed, the chairs could be linked to form a bench and a variety of option...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Oxford High Back Swivel Lounge Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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 Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Fritz Hansen Swivel Desk Chair Bauhaus Style Tube Steel and Beechwood, 1930s
By Frits Schlegel, Fritz Hansen, Magnus Stephensen
Located in Odense, DK
Early Fritz Hansen swivel chair in tube steel and solid beechwood with an amazing patina to the steel and the wooden parts. Scandinavian interpretation of the functinalist Bauhaus mo...
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Arne Jacobsen 3117 Swivel Chair, Series 7 Office, 1955 by Fritz Hansen Denmark
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Munster, NRW
1x Arne Jacobsen 3117 Swivel Chair - Series 7 made in 1996 by Fritz Hansen, Denmark. chose your color - offer is for 1 chair! first image from left to right: 1. limegreen 2. L51, O...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

1974 Original Brown Leather Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Egg Chair & Ottoman
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Yes, this is the original leather from birth in 1974. Miraculously bereft of any significant visible flaws lo these many years, this leather will make you salivate. The color changes...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Eight Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen 'Oxford' Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, set of eight 'Oxford' chairs, metal, yellow fabric, Denmark, design 1965, production later These classic executive office chairs feature a medium h...
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Faded Red Leather Swan Chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of Arne Jacobsen Swivel Swan chairs in the original red leather. The leather is faded to a unique soft light red color. Please see photos. The first photo looks more red than th...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Vintage Pair Swan Chairs & Egg Footstool in Leather & Aluminum by Arne Jacobsen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Arne Jacobsen designed the Swan as well as the Egg for the lobby and lounge areas at the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, in 1958. The commission to design every element of the hotel b...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Pair of Verner Panton Cone Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Verner Panton
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nice early pair of Panton's pop Classic. Original upholstery, one in navy one in purple for Fritz Hansen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Series 7 Swivel Arm Chair Ca. 1999
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Series 7 swivel desk chair, designed in 1952 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, this example dates 1999. The chair is in blue bent plywood, on a bright chrome base, with black...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Arne Jacobson 'Egg' Chair in White Leather for Fritz Hansen, 1958
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in New York, NY
The classic and iconic 'Egg' chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1958. Newly refurbished and reupholstered in a luxurious creamy/white leather from Maharam. ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

First Series Cognac Leather Arne Jacobsen 3117 Desk Swivel Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Utrecht, NL
Arne Jacobsen swivel desk chair model 3117 office chair. Original, first series four-star swivel base with chromed steel feet on casters. Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955. The ch...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Steel

1st-Gen 1958 Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair for Fritz Hansen w Original Leather, Signed
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic original black leather 'Egg' chair by Arne Jacobsen is a very early, circa 1958 production by Fritz Hansen and signed underneath on the leather with the FH stamp and part...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Arne Jacobson 'Egg' Chair and Ottoman, Original Leather for Fritz Hansen, 1976
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in New York, NY
The classic and iconic 'Egg' chair and ottoman designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1976. Made in Denmark by Fritz Hansen, 1976. With it's original chocolate brown le...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen Purple Swan Chair 'Provenance from the University of Houston'
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Southampton, NJ
A purple Arne Jacobsen Swan chair with provenance from The University of Houston.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Arne Jacobsen Ant Arm Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Chicago, IL
Rolling “Ant” desk chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Vintage 1980’s production. 2nd chair w/o arms is available in separate listing.
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1980s Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Early Model 3117 Office Swivel Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Early model in excellent original condition. Series 7 designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955. Four wheel base (1st edition) in chrome plated steel, seat in teak veneer. Adjustable s...
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1950s Danish Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish Mid-Century Modern swivel lounge chair by Fritz Hansen features tufted Naugahyde and Arne Jacobsen's unique egg-like design. The iconic egg chair combines comfort and st...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Naugahyde

Midcentury Desk Chair Model 3117 in Patinated Leather by Arne Jacobsen, 1960s
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Swivel chair in patinated leather designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Great condition.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Iconic Swan Chair Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Danish Modern Swan chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen, manufactured by Fritz Hansen. This example is structurally sound, and fully functional ( swivels ) the upholstery, includi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Egg Chair and Ottoman by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Dorchester, MA
Unveiled at the Royal Copenhagen Hotel in Denmark in 1958, the poster child of Danish design has become one of the most coveted chairs of all time. Fifty years after Danish designer ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swan Chair Mid-Century Modern Swivel Denmark Red
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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 Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Textile

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swan Chair in Periwinkle
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Hudson, NY
The beautiful Swan™ chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the lobby and lounge areas of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The design contains no straight lines, making it ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Fritz Hansen Rin Dining Swivel Chair Set by Hiromichi Konno
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Budapest, HU
Rin dining swivel chair sets manufactured by Danish Fritz Hansen, in collaboration with Japanese designer Hiromichi Konno. The design is inspired by natural ideal forms of birds' ne...
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Early 2000s Danish Post-Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Plastic

Arne Jacobsen, "Egg" Lounge Chairs, Black Leather, Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1958
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of "Egg" swiveling lounge chairs designed and executed for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, 1958. Produced by Fritz Hansen c. 1960s. In chromium-plated metal, black-dyed leath...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Brown System 1-2-3 Lounge Chair by Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen, 1970s
By Fritz Hansen, Verner Panton
Located in Elshout, NL
Design lounge swivelchair Verner Panton 'System 1-2-3' lounge chair produced by Fritz Hansen. This chair is upholstered in deep-stitched patinated brown-coloured leather, fitted on ...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Desk Chair Model 3117 in Teak by Arne Jacobsen, 1960s
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Swivel chair in teak, designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Great condition.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Leather

Arne Jacobsen High Back 'Oxford' Swivel Chairs
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, set of six 'Oxford' desk chairs model 3272, aluminium, wood, fabric upholstery, United Kingdom, design 1965, recent production. The original version ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Five Oxford Swivel Chairs in Brown Leather by Arne Jacobsen, Design 1965
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Hellouw, NL
Set of five 'Oxford Chairs' swivel dining chairs with brown leather upholstery and a metal frame. These chairs, with model 3171, are designed in 1965 and executed at a later date by ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Set of 'Oxford' Chairs
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, set of 'Oxford' chairs, metal, yellow fabric, Denmark, design 1965, production later These classic executive office chairs feature a medium high back...
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Armchair “Egg Chair” Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1958
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Original leather and aluminium. Very early model with the built up seat, without separate cushion. Stamped in white to the underside of the leather. Measures: H 106 cm/ 3' 6...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Fritz Hansen Oxford Desk Chair Designed by Arne Jacobsen, 1963 Denmark
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Oxford low back desk chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Designed in 1963 for the professors of St. Catherine’s College in Oxford. Blue upholstery in good condition. Metal star ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Leather Desk Chair Model 3117 by Arne Jacobsen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian leather desk chair model 3117 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. Edition from 1969. Newly reupholstered with Sorensen prestige cognac leather.
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1950s Danish Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swivel Desk Chair Model 3117
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in New York, NY
Nice early (1960s) example of iconic Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen swivel desk chair. Very good original condition, showing only expected light cosmetic wear, normal and consistent ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Fritz Hansen swivel chairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Fritz Hansen collection of swinging chairs, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 25 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original Swivel Chairs by Fritz Hansen were created in Scandinavia during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider swivel chairs by Jørgen Rasmussen, Bramin Møbler and Arne Jacobsen. Prices for Fritz Hansen swing chairs can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$900 and tops out at US$22,449, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,036 on average.

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