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Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Emil Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen Denmark on February 11, 1902.  Jacobsen attended Architecture School at the Roal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1924.  While still a student, Jacobsen won a silver medal for chair design in the Paris Art Deco fair, where he was influence heavily by the aesthetic of a pavillion designed by notable architect, Le Corbusier.  In 1929 he won a Danish Architect's Association competition for designing the "House of the Future" in collaboration with Flemming Lassen. 

He shortly setup his own office, however during World War 2 in1943 he was forced to flee his office and go into exile due to his Jewish background.  From 1943 he spent his time designing fabrics and wallpapers.  When the war ended in 1945 Denmark was in great need of housing, public buildings, and spartan buildings.  He went on to design the Allehusene complex, the Søholm terrace houses, Rødovre Town Hall, The Munkegaard School, St Catherine's College, and most notably the SAS Royal Hotel.

In modern times Arne Jacobsen is remembered primarily for his furniture designs, however he notoriously disliked being called a 'designer'.  Most of his designs were created for architectural projects, and were the result of a cooperation with Fitz Hansen, a furniture manufacturer in  Denmark.  The bent plywood designs of Charles and Ray Eames inspired Arne's furniture designs, along with the philosophies of Italian design historian Ernesto Rogers who commonly stated the design of every element was equally important "from the spoon to the city". 

Arne Jacobsen's most notable piece of furniture is known as the Ant chair.  This chair was designed for use in the canteen of the Danish pharmaceutical firm Nobo Nordisk, and was named for its similarity to the outline of an ant with its head raised.  Other notable designs include the egg and the swan, both created for the SAS Royal Hotel that he designed in 1956.