must say, I learn a lot from writing this little Design Icons series. This one is about Arne Jacobsen, famous for this Egg/Swann/Ant chairs. But who would have thought that the little Louis Poulsen lamps (which I use a lot in my visualisations) are also designed by good old Arne? I never knew.
Today, Arne Jacobsen is primarily remembered for his furniture designs. However, he believed he was first and foremost an architect. Born in 1902 in Copenhagen, he finished the Architecture School at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1927. In his early days he designed some housing projects, like the Bellavista project and the Soholm Terraced houses. Later on he was commissioned with designing the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, completed in 1956, and the building of St Catherine’s College in Oxford which was completed in 1962. It was during these projects that Arne found his way into product and furniture design, through his growing interest in “Gesamtkunst” (total work of art, i.e. not only designing the building but everything in it too).
Inspired by the bent plywood designs of Ray and Charles Eames, he created the Ant chair in 1951. A few years later the creation of the Egg and Swann chairs were a fact. These were designed for the Royal SAS Hotel in Copenhagen which was completed in 1956. Arne worked closely with Fritz Hansen, a carpenter who founded his furniture company 1872. Fritz Hansen has manufactured the designs of, amongst others, Arne Jacobsen ever since. But Arne also designed some lamps, such as the AJ Desk lamp or the AJ Royal Pendant. These were, and still are, manufactured by Louis Poulsen, a Danish lighting manufacturer. I hope you will enjoy all the AJ eye candy below. Furthermore, if you want to follow this Design Icons series, please give my Facebook page a like so we can stay in touch 🙂
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