Arne Jacobsen: Father of "Danish Modern."

A very uniquely creative Danish architect and designer was born 109 days ago on this date in 1902.  His name deserves equal billing along with Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and others as being among the most renowned architects and designers of the midcentury modernist period.  Arne Emil Jacobsen passed away in 1971, but not before leaving an astonishing legacy of memorable and timeless style.

Arne Jacobsen attended “the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, professor at the Academy (1956-65).”(1He is commonly known for creating the “Danish Modern” style.  Some of his most iconic designs are the “Ant” which in “1952 became the starting point of his world fame as a furniture designer and became the first of a number of lightweight chairs with seat and back in one piece of moulded wood.”(2)

The "Ant" Chair, source: Wikipedia
 "Series 7" chairs, source: Wikipedia

Many midcentury modern furniture aficionados are fascinated by his model 1307 chair which is more commonly referred to as “Series 7.”  Perhaps more famous among his furniture designs are the trademark “Egg” and “Swan” chairs which were originally designed for and compliment his International Style modern SAS Royal Hotel in 1958.  Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the SAS Royal Hotel, now known as the Radisson Blu Royal hotel, keeps only Room 606 decorated in Jacobsen's original design aesthetic.  These two chairs are used quite often as cool set props in television and print advertisements as well as films. 
"Egg" chair, source: Wikipedia

"Swan" chair, source: Wikipedia

Arne Jacobsen's history of other architectural contributions and designs are certainly no less important, and can be researched here: http://www.arne-jacobsen.com and http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/arne_jacobsen/

Happy Birthday, Arne Jacobsen!


  1. Love this post! Jacobsen is one of my favorite designers. It's rarely mentioned but Verner Panton participated in the development of the Ant Chair when he worked with Jacobsen between 1950-52. http://www.verner-panton.com/person/biographie/9/

  2. Thanks Gretchen! He is one of my favorite designers as well. Thanks also for the insight on Verner Panton's involvement.