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'Fritz Hansen's Choice' Limited Edition Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair with Bronze Base

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This egg chair is from a production of only 999 unique pieces! Underneath the seat cushion, there is a sewn-in leather label with the chair’s individual number. This limited edition was produced by Fritz Hansen in 2014 to commemorate Arne Jacobsen’s use of classic blue color tones that were so prominent in his designs at the world-renowned SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The indigo blue fabric is part of the Canvas series by Kvadrat and was chosen as a way of celebrating and revisiting Jacobsen’s artistic use of color in furniture. To highlight the craftsmanship and the 1,200 hand-sewn stitches that go into the making of each Egg, the chair has dark brown leather piping. The piping also emphasises the iconic, organic lines of Arne Jacobsen’s design. This chair has a bronze base which has never before been available and also includes the tilt mechanism which provides a vastly more comfortable lounging experience.          

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  • Condition
    Good. When the chair was removed from the shipping box the fabric was cut in 3 spots with a razor. It was glued back into place. Pointed out in images. Use as is or recover in the textile of your choice. The bronze base and tilt mechanism make it unique..
  • Wear
    Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 42 in. x W 36 in. x D 32 in.

    H 106.68 cm x W 91.44 cm x D 81.28 cm

  • Seller location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference number
    LU87859568313

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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 1963. 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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