Monday, 21 June 2010

The IDC History Class: Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair 1958

Initially created for Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen the chair was designed in a typical Jacobsen style, one where there was no fear of pushing materials to their limit, and often using entirely new materials to make his designs come true.
It is believed to be inspired by Eero Saarinen's "Womb chair", from which it gains some traits. The Egg was (as was the Swan) designed as a couch also - though the actual piece was thought to be a figment of someone's imagination, fed by the existence of the Swan-couch. While the Swan-couch is still in production, only a handful of Egg-couches have ever been made. A few were made for the Radisson Hotel, and a few years back, some were made as a "special edition" couch. The price was quite high, about 400.000 dkr., the equivalent of 60,000 USD. Many fake copies are produced the original still made by Fritz Hansen

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