Arne Jacobsen

The legendary Danish designer and architect, the professor of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Arne Jacobsen was a pioneer within Danish functionalism. He was the author of the world’s first design hotel SAS Blu Royal (currently Radisson Blu Royal), the Danish National Bank headquarters, and more than a dozen buildings listed by the Danish Heritage Agency. Jacobsen designed innovative chairs and sculptural armchairs which since have gained the status of design icons and have been included in the best museum collections. His famous Swan and Egg chairs have been featured in numerous Hollywood movies and fashion photoshoots and a cutlery set created by Jacobsen in 1957 was used as props for 2001: A Space Odissey by Stanley Kubrick. Jacobsen’s ground-breaking Ant chairs and Series-7 chairs, some of the world’s first pieces made of a single sheet of laminated veneer, instantly became Scandinavian design classics. Arne Jacobsen’s works are included in the collections of Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rein; MoMA, New York; Victoria&Albert, London; Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris.

1925. At the Paris Art Deco Fair Jacobsen is awarded a silver medal for his Paris Chair.

1927-30. Jacobsen works in Paul Holsoe’s architectural studio.

1930. He establishes his own architectural practice.

1937-40. Aarhus City Hall building is constructed.

1945-46. Emigration to Sweden. Having lost most of his large-scale architectural projects, Jacobsen works as textile and wallpaper designer. 

1952. He creates his innovative Ant Chair, one of the world’s first pieces made of a single sheet of laminated veneer.

1955. Develops Series Seven chairs based on the same construction features. 

1957. The № 3130 chair was shown at the XI Triennial in Milan, where the design was awarded the Grand Prix from which it takes its name. 

1960. Jacobsen completes the SAS Blu Royal Hotel building, a project which became known as the world’s first design hotel – created in its entirety by the Danish architect. Besides developing the architectural project he decorated the interiors and designed all kinds of furnishings – from chairs, beds and lighting through to door handles and ashtrays. 

1965-70. Jacobsen works at the project of the Danish National Bank headquarters.

1967-68. Cylinda-line, a series of tableware, is recognized with the ID-prize 1967 by The Danish Society of Industrial Design and gains The International Design Award 1968 from The American Institute of Interior Designers.

1971. Jacobsen is awarded a golden medal from the Frankfurt Architecture Academy.

1975-77. The architect works at the project of the Royal Danish Embassy in London. The project is completed posthumously.

Arne Jacobsen. «3207» Series 7, 1955
Arne Jacobsen
Arne Jacobsen. 3207 Series 7, 1955
Arne Jacobsen
Arne Jacobsen. Grand Prix, 1957
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Arne Jacobsen. Coffee table, 1958
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Arne Jacobsen. Royal lamp, 1957
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Arne Jacobsen. Oxford Сhairs, 1968
Arne Jacobsen