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Arne Jacobsen

Ant chair by Arne Jacobsen got beyond the limits of minimalism when it began to be produced in the early decade of the ‘50s. Ant chair by Arne Jacobsen is a chair that, despite its small size, is incredibly comfortable, since the seat adjusts to body contours and provides the necessary support. The chair is hand made in birch wood and stainless steel, with a black and white smooth finish.

TheAnt chair was born in 1952 for the Novo Nordisk Canteen in de Denmark. The chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen to maximize space being small, lightweight and stackable. The original Ant chair had three legs to facilitate the disposal of people around the table without touching each other. Later, in the 1980s, a version with four legs was made becoming the most popular choice for homes and offices.

Arne Jacobsen, considered the father of modern Danish design, conducted the most personal interpretation of functionalism applied to traditional aesthetics of his country creating a modern style that has transcended places, times and fashions.

Arne Jacobsen, the creator of the Ant chair

Arne Jacobsen is one of the most important Danish architects and industrial designers of the twentieth century. He was born in 1902, he trained as a bricklayer and graduated from the Technical School and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where he won the gold medal for the project “For a National Museum” in Klampenborg. Arne Jacobsen introduced modern architecture in Denmark, providing versatility and a clear understanding of the functions of the design. He worked as an architect, his early works reflect the Nordic Neoclassicism but soon his style was impregnated by the influences of functionalism.

Arne Jacobsen founded his studio where he works as an architect, and also as interior, furniture, ceramics and textiles designer. He also worked as a professor of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. His work reflects a critical regionalism facing traditional techniques to his functionalist ideas leading to a proper personal aesthetic appropriate to each project.

The most important works of Arne Jacobsen were: the terminal of the Scandinavian airline SAS, the Hotel Royal in Copenhagen and St. Catherine’s College in Oxford where he dealt with all the details, integrating architecture with interior design and furniture.

Arne Jacobsen understood his architectural projects as a global design, for that reason he designed the furniture and accessories of most of his buildings. Stand out the Ant chair, the Swan chair, the Egg chair and 3107 series.

In his latest works, Arne Jacobsen opted for a special sensitivity to detail following the third generation of the International School. His work currently remains modern and attractive , with a combination of sculptural forms with design, traditional Scandinavian materials and structural integrity.

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