Egg and Swan Chair (1958), Arne Jacobsen

Published on July 20, 2016

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Arne Jacobsen designed the Swan as well as the Egg for the lobby and lounge areas at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, in 1958. The commission to design every element of the hotel building as well as the furniture was Jacobsen’s grand opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practice.

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In 1958 the Swan and the Egg chair were a technologically innovatives: No straight lines – only curves.

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A moulded shell of synthetic material on an aluminium star swivel base, with a layer of cold foam covering the shell upholstered in fabric or leather. These two original designer chairs originated in Jacobsen’s own garage in his home in Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen and have been in production at Fritz Hansen ever since.

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Designed by Arne Jacobsen and manufactured by Fritz Hansen.

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The shell is polyurethane foam with glass fibre reinforcement. The seat carrier consists of a spindle of diameter 28 mm automate steel and an assembly plate of 5 mm steel sheet.

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The individual parts are welded and surface treated with matt zinc. The base consists of a satin chromed, swivel centre part of welded steel tubing (diameter 38×2 mm) and a 4-star base in injection moulded aluminium. The leg ferrules are in blackgreysynthetic material.

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The swan is available in a wide range of fabric and leather upholstery. The star base is made of aluminium mounted on a satin polished steel pedestal. the shells are made of a synthetic material, padded with cold-cured foam.

Fritz Hansen


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