How Exactly the Timeless Egg Chair Became a Danish Design Icon

Even if Easter is nowhere approaching, today we’d like to think about eggs. We’d like to think about one special egg in particular… Of course, we’re thinking about the inimitable Egg Chair designed nearly six decades ago by no other than prolific designer and architect Arne Jacobsen.

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A Timeless Masterpiece

The Egg Chair, MCM Danish icon, is a sculptural opus that became an enduring classic. Coveted by design fans, this recognizable symbol of organic modernism, has never been out of production.

It was designed in 1958 as a modern version of the classic Wing Chair. There have been comparisons made to Saarinen’s 1946 Womb Chair. Some believe it influenced Jacobsen’s Egg Chair.

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Commissioned to create every element of the former SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen – from the high-rise to furniture to interiors. Here, Jacobsen successfully applied his theories on integrated design and architecture. 

The Egg Chair was a significant piece of his grand master plan for the Royal Hotel. It was designed to beautifully sit in the hotel’s lobby and reception areas as seen in the image below.

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Unassuming Nordic Brilliance

The Egg Chair was first shown at the Paris Formes Scandinaves Exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs as a part of Jacobsen’s proposed furniture for the former SAS Royal Hotel. A technological innovation back then, the groundbreaking Egg Chair fabric consisted of curvy contours

When placed in the Royal Hotel, a skyrise building with horizontal and vertical lines, the piece’s pure organic quality along with its approachability, provided an elegant contrast. Indeed, the piece was a veritable study in organic modernism. 

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Curvaceous Shape

With its distinctive shape, the enveloping Egg Chair strikes a commanding pose and presence, practically asking individuals to sit and wrap themselves in it. When seated, the chair offers a bit of privacy. 

This feature is useful when wishing to nestle at home or in public spaces. With its swivel base, one may choose to pivot away, finding their own seclusion, or rotate towards the conversation.

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We hope this info inspires you. As you can see, sixty years later, the timeless Egg Chair remains a true icon of Denmark’s admired design DNA. For Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair replicas, visit Manhattan Home Design.

Founded by Daniel Levy, entrepreneurial success award winner according to Fox News, Manhattan Home Design has been producing MCM replicas for over a decade. 

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