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Swan Chair

About the Design

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.

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair

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

Materials

Leather

Early 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

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

Materials

Leather

Pair of Swan Chairs, Model 3320, Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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 black leather.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

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

1971 Leather Swan Chairs by Arne Jacobsen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Dronten, NL
Matching pair of Swan Chairs in beautiful light brown natural leather. The chairs have the very rare option of height adjustability, so you could use them as a desk or dining chair...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Faded Red Leather Swan Chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen "The Swan" Lounge Chair in Teak & White Bouclé, Fritz Hansen, 1960
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Odense, DK
Rare lounge chair by Arne Jacobsen designed in 1960 and produced in limited numbers in the 1960s by Fritz Hansen, Copenhagen (Model FH-4325). This rare edition has a wooden base in l...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé, Teak

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 Armchairs

Materials

Textile

Arne Jacobsen Brown Leather Swan Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful brown leather swan lounge chairs model 3320, designed by Arne Jacobsen 1958 for the SAS Royal Copenhagen Hotel which opened in 1960. This one is produced by Fritz Hansen 20...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

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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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swan Chair in Blue
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 Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Fritz Hansen’s Choice Limited Edition Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Dronten, NL
A 2015 limited edition of the Swan chair with a production of only 300 chairs worldwide. This limited version added a new dimension to the chair with an exclusive, vivid and warm e...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Danish Design Classic, Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Renens, CH
Originally designed for the Royal Hotel in Kopenhagen (1958), the Swan chair was the creation of the architect Arne Jacobsen. It was designed as a lounge chair, and does not show a s...
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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

Materials

Leather

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen "Swan"Chair 2005
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This model 3320 or "Swan" swivel lounge chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 and is still a design icon. These are manufactured in 2005, they are all marked in the foot and w...
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

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 Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Model 3320 Mid Century Swan Chair,Set of 4
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Countryside, IL
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Model 3320 Mid Century Swan Chair - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 29 wide x 25.5 deep x 31.75 high, with a seat height of 14.5 inches and arm height...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Svanen or Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, 1960s
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
1960s Swan chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. With brushed aluminum swiveling four-star base. Nicely upholstered in Kvadrat Tonus Meadow (90% wool, 100000 Martindale a...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Svanen or Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, 1960s
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
1960s Swan chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. With brushed aluminum swiveling four-star base. Nicely upholstered in Kvadrat Tonus Meadow (90% wool, 100000 Martindale a...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Set of Four Blue Boiled Wood Upholstery Swan Chairs Arne Jacobsen Fritz Hansen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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

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 Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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 Chair, 1997, in Black Leather for Fritz Hansen, Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Southampton, NJ
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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1990s Unknown Scandinavian Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather

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

Materials

Metal

Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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

As Found Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Adjustable Height Swan Chair
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
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 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

Materials

Stainless Steel

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