Originated in the fifties, the Egg Chair is a classic that has become one of the most recognizable designs of all time. The first Egg Chair was created by the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in downtown Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Egg Chair was the most outstanding part of his entire hotel design and has become a design classic with global success. It broke all design conventions with its curving shape, which Jacobsen achieved by moulding the structure in foam and wrapping it with upholstery.
Curvaceous, Enveloping Masterpiece
Jacobsen had experimented with clay in his garage, testing and perfecting the shape, before moving on to sculpting the foam. The elliptical Egg Chair acts as a cocoon around the sitter, gently curving inwards. It sits atop a star shaped swivel base, and the angle adjusts to the user’s weight.
Designed for the lobby, the hotel was fitted with 50 first edition Egg Chairs covered in blue fabric. Its curvaceous, developing form stood out against the straight lines of the 22-storey building it inhabited. This building was the first skyscraper in Copenhagen ever!
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The Egg Chair’s form was era defining and Jacobsen became one of the most imitated designers of the last century. This Danish design pioneer was known not only for his many chair designs, but also for several notable buildings,
These notable buildings by Jacobsen including St Catherine’s College, Oxford and the Aarhus City Hall and, of course, the SAS Royal Hotel itself. Six decades have passed, and the Egg Chair fabric is still as popular as ever.
Recently, the Jacobsen Egg Chair took on a new role in pop culture, becoming an iconic part of the reality series Big Brother as the seat in the much-used diary room. It was even used in high-end McDonald’s branches in London and Copenhagen.
Its popularity has inevitably been helped by a renewed interest in Danish century design. Yet, its ergonomic form and revolutionary shape that hinted at the curves and bubble of the decades to come have ensured it has remained a design classic for over half a century.
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