In the Studio: Egg Chair
[Egg Chair (2011) /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
In 1955 architect and Danish design wiz Arne Jacobsen received a commission from SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System). The airline wanted to build a modern hotel in the heart of downtown Copenhagen that reflected jet-age design accompanied by a modern airline terminal facility. Jacobsen not only drew-up plans for the building, he produced a gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork) designing everything from the door knobs, to the carpets, fabrics, plateware, flatware, glassware, lighting fixtures, and furniture.
[Egg Chair - ink prep /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
Among the furniture pieces he designed for the Royal Hotel was a lobby chair, inspired perhaps by the very comfy, very clubby, 18th century English channel back wing chair.
[Egg Chair (1958) Arne Jacobsen, designer /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
The prototype of Jacobsen's Egg Chair was built in his garage out of plaster and manufactured by his long-time furniture making partner Fritz Hansen in fiberglass, steel, polished aluminum. The tilting, swivel chair was covered in either loomed fabric or leather, and was an instant hit. The hotel was gutted in the early 80s and most of Jacobsen's iconic chairs were piled in the basement and sold as scrap. Today the '58 version of the chair is a coveted collectors item, while the original design is still being manufactured by Hansen.
See our tribute to the Jacobsen classic at: Egg Chair.