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Jan 28, 2015

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

By: Sara Cation
Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

Get to know a little more about the dean of Danish mid-century modern style. Author: Kim Ahm

Design Experts
Jan 28, 2015

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

By: Sara Cation

Dean of Danish Mid-Century Modern style, Arne Jacobsen designed furniture with a purpose. More than 50 years later, his pieces remain some of the most recognizable around.


Iconic Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) designed the entire Royal Hotel, from its architecture to its interior design, in the late 1950s. The tallest building in Copenhagen at the time, the skyscraper’s rigid lines were countered by the curvy furniture Jacobsen created for it. Tailoring a new style of chair to each of the hotel’s public spaces, he invented timeless and versatile pieces with enduring style.

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Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

Room 606

Of all the rooms in Copenhagen’s Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (formerly the Royal Hotel), only Room 606 remains true to Arne Jacobsen’s original late 1950s design.

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Kim Ahm Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

The Egg chair

What: The Egg chair Where: Designed for the Royal Hotel lobby and reception areas in 1958; continuously produced ever since Significance: Jacobsen was the first to use an innovative foam material for the Egg, allowing him to sculpt its curves to hug the body. An updated version of a wingback chair, it smartly swivels to offer privacy in a busy area like a lobby.

By: Sara Cation Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

Sunday lounging

Get cozy, pull up your knees and tuck in your feet (the Egg chair is that big) or take advantage of the footstool and stretch out. This is the kind of lounger family members will fight to claim on those lazy days in the living room.

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Kim Ahm Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

The Swan chair

What: The Swan chair Where: Designed in 1958 for the Royal Hotel lounge areas and 21st-floor Panorama Room; continuously produced ever since Significance: A more casual version of the Egg, the comfy low-slung swivelling chair is conducive to conversing, doesn’t block sightlines and, like the others, is innovative in its lack of straight lines.

By: Sara Cation Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

Tea time

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Ditte Isager

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

Study hours

Tried and tested to hug the contours of the human body, Jacobsen’s Swan chair is one in which you could spend long hours reading or honing those musical skills.

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Republic of Fritz Hansen Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

The Drop chair

What: The Drop chair Where: Designed in small quantities in 1958 for the Royal Hotel and featured in its snack bar; after more than 50 years, reintroduced by Fritz Hansen in 2014 Significance: A modern adaptation of the dining chair, the Drop’s sloped back lends comfort but allows a wide range of motion, and its slim legs make it appear to float.

By: Sara Cation Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Arne Jacobsen

Work day

Comfort is key when you’re desk-bound for eight hours a day, but you still need to be upright and alert to be productive. the Drop chair, with its sloped back allowing for easy upper-body movement, is the perfect partner for a long work session in the home office.

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Ditte Isager Credits: Style at Home

 

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Inside design: Arne Jacobsen