Arne JACOBSEN was a Danish architect and designer born in Copenhagen in 1902.
He received training in masonry at the Copenhagen Technical College until 1924.
He was then admitted to the architectural course at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1927.
In 1929, Arne JACOBSEN won a competition for the house of the future, with a visionary project for a house that pivots on an axis to follow the movement of the sun.
From 1927 to 1929, he worked for Paul Holsoe's architectural firm, but soon founded his own agency in 1930, for which he worked until his death. He developed architectural, decorative and furniture projects, as well as textile and ceramic designs.
His work is among the most important of the Danish functionalist movement.
In the field of design, one of his great successes is the Ant chair from 1952, which was originally designed for a pharmaceutical laboratory. It consists of a plywood back and seat and legs made of thin steel tubes, making it extremely light. Ant and its variants, series 7 or 3107, has become the best-selling Danish furniture in the world, with almost 5 million units produced.
Another of his major achievements was the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, built between 1958 and 1960, for which he created two armchair models in 1958 that have also become famous: Egg and Swan. Although he liked to work with wood and synthetic materials, his favourite material was steel, which he used in simple and rigorous forms. The Cylinda-Line series of 1967, consisting of cylindrical jugs and dishes, is an example of this.
The design of the cutlery used in the film 2001, A Space Odyssey (1968) was directly inspired by JACOBSEN's creations.
The design developed by Arne JACOBSEN laid the foundations for Scandinavian organic modernism: his influence is still very much present today.

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