The Designs

As a designer, Jacobsen made prototypes for furniture, textiles, wallpaper, silverware, and other items. The cooperation between Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen dates back to 1934, but it was in 1952 the break-through came with the Ant™. It was succeeded by the Series 7™ in 1955. This propelled his and Fritz Hansen's names into furniture history.

Arne Jacobsen was very productive both as an architect and as a designer. At the end of the 50s Arne Jacobsen designed the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, and for that project the Egg™, the Swan™, the Swan™ sofa and Series 3300™. Arne Jacobsen was and is an admired and outstanding designer and architect.



The 3300™ series was created for the SAS Terminal at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, one of Arne Jacobsen’s architectural masterpieces. In harmony with Jacobsen’s architectural work at that time, the 3300 series is cool and formal. Furthermore, the 3300 series exudes Jacobsen’s unfailing sense of line and proportion and his ability to design everlasting classics.

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Initially, Arne Jacobsen designed the Ant™ for the canteen at Novo Nordisk, an international Danish healthcare company. Today, the Ant is one of the prominent icons of the collection. Originally, the Ant was, however, close to ending up as just another prototype, because Fritz Hansen was not convinced of the chair’s potential.

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It was in the beginning of the 1950's and alongside Arne Jacobsen's process of creating the Ant™, that another little treasure, the Dot™ was developed. During this period Arne Jacobsen spent a lot of time at the factory testing, refining and finalizing the chair. Whilst doing this, he fell in love with the little Dot™ - so much that he made it part of his work and used it for one of his important projects at the time.

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Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg™ (1958) for the lobby and reception areas in the Royal Hotel, in Copenhagen. The commission to design every element of the hotel building as well as the furniture was Jacobsen’s grand opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practice. The Egg is one of the triumphs of Jacobsen’s total design.

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Grand Prix™

The Grand Prix™ (3130) chair was introduced by Fritz Hansen at the Designers’ Spring Exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen, in 1957. Later that year, the chair was displayed at the Triennale in Milan where it received the Grand Prix – the finest distinction of the exhibition.

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Arne Jacobsen’s chair model 3208 was originally designed for the Danish Central Bank. It is also referred to as the Lily™ and was first introduced at the Danish furniture fair in 1970. The chair is made from laminated sliced veneer and is the result of an extremely complicated moulding process.

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The original version of the Oxford™ chair was designed for the professors at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford, in 1963. When the Dean of St. Catherine’s College chose Arne Jacobsen to build an extension for the college, he was also commissioned to design the surrounding landscape and a furniture series for the college.

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The Series 7™, designed in 1955, is by far the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen. The pressure moulded veneer chair is a further development of the classic Ant™ chair. The four-legged stackable chair can be seen as the culmination of the use of the lamination technique. A technique refined to perfection during the Twenties and Thirties by Søren C. Hansen, the grandson of the founder, Fritz Hansen.

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Arne Jacobsen designed The Swan™ as well as the Egg™ for the lobby and lounge areas at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, in 1958. The commission to design every element of the hotel building as well as the furniture was Jacobsen’s grand opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practice. In 1958 the Swan was a technologically innovative chair: No straight lines - only curves.

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The Swan Sofa™ was made as a special model for the furnishing of suites, lounges and the panoramic restaurant at the SAS hotel in 1958. The sofa was in production from 1964-1974 and was reintroduced in 2000. The characteristic 3-dimensional shape contains no straight lines but is based on curves like the Egg and the Swan.

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These table bases and legs were designed by Arne Jacobsen to compliment the Egg, Swan and Oxford chair family. The AJ table series comprises the the Peit Hein + Bruno Matheson super-circular, super-elliptical, circular, square and rectangular table top, with the Arne Jacobsen pedestal and shaker bases.

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"I based my work on a need: what chairs are needed? I found that people needed a new type of chair for the small kitchen dinettes that are found in most new building today, a little, light, and inexpensive chair. At the same time, I made one that can also be used in lunchrooms, as a stacking chair. It can be stacked by inserting the chairs into one another, consequently saving both time and energy."