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Rare First Generation Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

$15,000

About

This exceptional example of Arne Jacobsen's iconic egg chair dates from the first year of production when the chair was made with an integrated seat cushion rather than the more common loose pad. Besides a cleaner appearance, the result is a slightly more generous seat offering greater comfort. Other characteristics of the early production are the thinner foot glides, the one-piece cast aluminum base with fluted column, and the painted Fritz Hansen mark on the underside. It is also signed with a Danish control label. The chair retains its original black leather, which has a wonderful patina and signs of age and use, but is free of unsightly damage. This is a piece that we feel is museum worthy or would be the ideal chair for an advanced collector. Also available is a second 1st generation egg chair, also in black leather. This chair is considerably more distressed, however it is priced to reflect the condition. Literature: Tojner & Vindum "Arne Jacobsen Arkitekt & Designer" (Danish Design Center 1999).

Details

  • Creator
    Arne Jacobsen (Designer),Fritz Hansen (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Width: 35 in. (88.9 cm)Depth: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1958
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good original condition with age related wear to leather and minimal hardening to foam rubber.
  • Seller Location
    Highland, IN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU9091861053

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    Ships From: Highland, IN
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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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