Arne Jacobsen Chairs

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Among the many different chairs that he produced during his prolific career, the Ant chair and the "07" chair remain the two most popular Arne Jacobsen chairs. Primarily an architect, Jacobsen shifted to creative pursuits in various realms to escape tiring as a designer of buildings. This led him to explore textiles, furniture, and even appliances and utensils.

Two of the Most Popular Arne Jacobsen Chairs

Most of Jacobsen's designs were tightly reigned forms with smooth elegant curves and simple lines that (in the case of his chairs) belied the complexity and modernism of this construction. In 1951, he produced the Ant chair, a molded wood chair that would endure as one of the most popular Arne Jacobsen chairs. The Ant was the first in a long series of stackable chairs that featured a back and seat that were crafted from a single piece of wood.

Like the Ant, the "07" chair (also called the series 7 chair or number 3207) is made from form-molded plywood on a tubular steel frame. Slightly more elegant than the Ant, the Series 7 includes wooden armrests on the steel frame, and maintains an overall lower profile than the Ant. Like the Ant, it is still in production, in an expanded color palette to suit any environment.

In 1858, Jacobsen designed the AJ cutlery series for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Like many of the Arne Jacobsen chairs, the cutlery features a slender form capped off by a strong, dynamic curve. Production on the cutlery has been uninterrupted since the original order in 1958.


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