Who has never lingered at the sight of those oddly curved armchairs that adorn the lobbies of the iconic grand hotels of yesteryear? Yet this intriguing furniture hides years of success as an icon of Scandinavian art. Reflecting the modernist vision of its creator, it attracts with its character and comfort. Closer look at this iconic furniture.
Arne Jacobsen: precursor of modern art
Arne Jacobsen is a Danish architect and designer, known for his monumental masterpieces and especially for his vision of pronounced modernism. He is known for his monumental masterpieces and above all for his pronounced modernist vision. He is the creator of various structures such as the Radisson Blu Hotel in Copenhagen and the Bellevue Seaside Resort in the north-east of the country. As a perfectionist, he not only creates the hotel complexes, but also fine-tunes the smallest details by creating everything that will constitute them. From the furniture to the staff’s outfits, everything was created to be in perfect harmony with the minimalist style he wanted to put forward. Many iconic pieces of furniture, still successful today, were specially designed to dress these luxurious buildings, including the Drop chair, the Swan or the famous Egg armchair by Arne Jacobsen.
The Egg chair: a chair, a story
As you can see, behind this intriguingly curved armchair lies a story. Specially designed by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen to grace the lobby of the SAS Royal Hotel in 1958, the Egg chair marked the birth of a new style and was its precursor. With its egg-like design, leather upholstery and aluminum legs, this furniture shines in the heart of this iconic building. Alluding to an ergonomic cocoon, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair was designed to contrast with the rectilinear forms of the grand hotel’s lobby to give privacy to visitors and guests. Designed by its creator for the Fritz Hansen brand, it is one of the best-sellers of the collection.
The variations of the Danish Egg chair
Over time, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair has been invented and reinvented to produce increasingly authentic and modern pieces. Sold with or without a footrest and initially designed in gold leather, it is now covered in colored fabrics for a less strict look. From deep blue to velvet red, it adds chic to any room. In its most contemporary versions, it is upholstered with more contemporary materials (denim, fur …) and is available in other more avant-garde variants.