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Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1927. His breakthrough as an architect came in 1929 with the winning design for the contest on the House of the Future which was really the introduction of modern architecture on Danish ground.
He turned his attention to furniture in 1950. From the outset he gave shape to examples of furniture that, fashionable at the time, are today sought after in antique shops and auction rooms, and yet are still in production.
His first success was the Ant chair which he made in 1952 for Fritz Hansen and which are now available in many colours.
Ant was followed by the Swan and Egg chairs, collectable classics now, originally shaped for Jacobsen's skyscraping SAS Hotel, Copenhagen, a showcase of the architect's all-embracing design skills. Jacobsen's stainless-steel cutlery was also a part of the SAS Hotel experience.
Important works 1929-71
1929 The House of the Future
1932 Bellevue Beach
1934 Bellevista housing
1935 Bellevue Theatre and Restaurant
1935 Novo therapeutic laboratory
1937 Texaco gas-station
1937 Stelling's House
1942 Aarhus Town Hall
1942 Søllerød Town Hall
1952 The Ant
1956 AJ door handle
1956 Rødovre Town Hall
1956 The Round House
1957 The Munkegårds School
1957 AJ Pendent
1957 AJ cutlery
1958 The Egg and The Swan
1960 The Royal Hotel and SAS terminal
1964 St. Catherine's College in Oxford
1968 VOLA fittings
1969 Rødovre Library
1971 The National Bank of Denmark