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Set of Six Chairs by Arne Jacobsen M. Butterfly for the Brazilian Airline, 1950s

$9,490.86per set


Set composed of chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen for the Brazilian airline Varig in 1950. The model of the chairs is the Butterly. The structure of the chairs is made of painted iron. The seat is made of curved wood. The chairs are called Butterfly because of its curved line that seems to be two wings. The rosewood wood has a wear and tear due to their use and age. On request the chairs can be restored, for a fee. Under the seat we find the original brand Danimark. The set of chairs is perfect to furnish essential dining tables with a modern taste.


  • Creator
    Arne Jacobsen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 18.51 in. (47 cm)Depth: 15.75 in. (40 cm)Seat Height: 18.12 in. (46 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. The wood of the chairs is worn, we recommend a restoration. On request it is possible to work on the chairs and restore the seats. The painted iron is in good condition.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911220419992

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About Arne Jacobsen (Designer)

The eye-catching work of the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen often introduces new collectors to mid-20th century furniture. With their fluid lines and sculptural presence, Jacobsen’s signature pieces — the elegant Swan chair and the cozy-yet-cutting edge Egg chair, both first presented in 1958 — are iconic representations of both the striking aesthetic of the designers of the era and their concomitant attention to practicality and comfort. Jacobsen designed furniture that had both gravitas and groove.

Though Jacobsen is a paragon of Danish modernism, his approach to design was the least “Danish” of those who are counted as his peers. The designs of Hans Wegner,  Finn Juhl, Børge Mogensen and others grew out of their studies as cabinetmakers. They prized skilled craftsmanship and their primary material was carved, turned and joined wood. Jacobsen was first and foremost an architect, and while he shared his colleagues’ devotion to quality of construction, he was far more open to other materials such as metal and fiberglass.

Many of Jacobsen’s best-known pieces had their origin in architectural commissions. His molded-plywood, three-legged Ant chair (1952) was first designed for the cafeteria of a pharmaceutical company headquarters. The tall-backed Oxford chair was made for the use of dons at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, whose Jacobsen-designed campus opened in 1962 (while still under construction). The Swan, Egg and Drop chairs and the AJ desk lamp were all created as part of Jacobsen’s plan for the SAS Royal Copenhagen Hotel, which opened in 1960. (The hotel has since been redecorated, but one guest room has been preserved with all-Jacobsen accoutrements.) To Jacobsen’s mind, the chief merit of any design was practicality. He designed the first stainless-steel cutlery set made by the Danish silver company Georg Jensen; Jacobsen’s best-selling chair — the plywood Series 7 — was created to provide lightweight, stackable seating for modern eat-in kitchens. But as you will see from the objects on these pages, style never took a backseat to function in Arne Jacobsen’s work. His work merits a place in any modern design collection.

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