Report on the exhibit that the museum of decorative arts is dedicating to Danish designer-architect Arne Jacobsen, creator of the famous "ant" chair.
Gaining widespread fame with his "Ant" chair, created in 1952, Arne Jacobsen remains one of the most significant figures in XXth century Danish design. Born in 1902, he first studied masonry before switching to architecture while taking courses at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Having obtained his degree in 1927, he started his first projects, which were soon developed through the agency he founded in 1930.
Inspired by functionalists such as Le Corbusier and Gropius, Jacobsen gradually dropped rational design in favour of shapes that were more organic, purified and made from natural materials. A sign that this movement was successful, his "Ant" chair is one of Danish design's best selling (and most copied!) objects. Nevertheless, we owe the artist credit for many creations: the highly rounded Egg and Swan armchairs (1958), the Oxford chair (1964-1966) ordered by Oxford's St-Catherine's College; the entrance to the Hanover Concert Hall...
Rewarded with many international prizes, Arne Jacobsen also taught at the Copenhagen Academy, where he was once a student. He died in 1971.