The Iconic Designs of Arne Jacobsen
At Nordique we love Nordic-inspired design, and few are more iconic and inspirational in that field than Danish architect and designer Arne Emil Jacobsen. Still revered more than 45 years after his death for his ground-breaking approach, his most famous contributions are to architectural functionalism as well as the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.
The Jacobsen Egg Chair has become a true icon in modern furniture design. Commissioned for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1958, the Egg Chair’s wavelike shape demonstrates Jacobsen’s ability to create furniture with a simple yet elegant design.
It remains incredibly popular and relevant to this day - a special edition couch version of the design recently sold for 400,000 DKR (about £47,000)!
Another beautiful design from Jacobsen that has stood the test of time in wonderful style is the 'Drop Chair'. Originally produced alongside the Egg Chair for the the Royal Hotel commission back in 1958 (for use in the hotel's restaurant), the chair was originally not available for purchase. Given the recent surge in interest in Scandinavian design, the line was however released for production in 2016.
Jacobsen isn't just famous for his iconic furniture design, but also his stunning architectural techniques. As a member of the functionalist school, his designs were focussed on ensuring that the purpose of the building was the driving factor in its architectural requirements. Danish functionalism had its heyday in the 1960s, driven by Jacobsen and other architects such as C.F. Møller. Its key features include straight angles, flat roofs and elements of brutalist architectural design.
The pictures above show some of the most famous Jacobsen-designed buildings. Clockwise from top-left: (1) Copenhagen petrol station - a design from 1938, early in Jacobsen's career, but still operational today! (2) The Danish Embassy in London; (3) and (4) interior features of the Åarhus City Hall, Denmark, designed by Jacobsen and which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.