Not too many children request that their patterned walls be painted over in stark white; then again, not too many children grow up to become Arne Jacobsen, the perfectionist Modernist architect and designer. Initially wanting to be a painter, Jacobsen decided to attend the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts College of Architecture in Copenhagen under the pretense of it being a more “sensible” choice. An advocate of total design in architecture, everything from the building to the furniture to the cutlery on the table was designed in accordance with one another. Jacobsen was surprisingly non-technical in his creative process and instead relied heavily on intuition and feeling. He was tireless in his pursuit of achieving perfection in proportion and form. While his buildings are architectural icons, his furniture pieces have become timeless classics as well. Today we’re exploring some of his most well known works, The Swan Chair, The Swan Sofa, The Egg Chair, The Ant Chair, and the AJ Floor Lamp.
It’s pretty remarkable how a piece of furniture designed in 1958 still feels so relevant today and how his pieces have the ability to feel at home just as well in a modern space as they do in a more traditional one.