Design Profile: Arne Jacobsen

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Image source: Fritz Hansen

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.

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n one of her latest posts Patricia showed you 3 ways to style Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair. This time we circle back to Arne Jacobsen again, as I’m going to write more about his life and work as an icon of midcentury design. He was one of Denmark’s most influential 20th century architects and designers and is known for combining modernist ideals and his love for naturalism. In his work every detail is overthought and nothing has been left to coïncidence. This is a very functionalist thought.  

The architect’s first big success was designed in 1929 – House of the future. This house is very important for his future designs as it shows his affinity for geometric shapes for the first time. It also resulted in a lifelong partnership with Fritz Hansen, who still produce many of Arne Jacobsen’s designs today. While he viewed himself an architect first and foremost, he is mostly known by the public for his furniture. The Ant Chair, Swan, Egg and the Series 7 Chair, are examples of well known designs that show how much he loves to work with modern lines but also his inspiration from nature.

Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Grey wood Ant chair - via noglitternoglory

Image source: Jens Bangsbo

Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Grey wood Ant chair - via noglitternoglory

Image source: Jens Bangsbo

Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // coloured, red, orange, pink, yellow, Ant chairs - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Wood Ant chair - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Brown leather Swan and Egg chair - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Grey Swan and Egg chair- via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Pink Swan and Egg chair - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // white series 7 chairs - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Blue Red series 7 chairs - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Pink series 7 chairs - via noglitternoglory

Image source: Ditte Isager

A new concept was born

Another Arne Jacobsen design classic you have probably used, even if you didn’t know it is the his VOLA faucet. When Jacobsen was planning the design of the Danish National Bank building he was approached by Verner Overgaard, who had the idea of a new type of wall-mounted mixer tap. He wanted a design where the mechanical parts of the mixer are hidden leaving only the handles and spout exposed.
This new idea is to show only the necessary things, at this time a completely new concept. This resulted in the VOLA faucet, which is still widely used (and copied).
Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // VOLA faucet bronze - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // VOLA faucet black - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // VOLA faucet black/ bronze - via noglitternoglory

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Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // VOLA faucet black - via noglitternogloryImage source: Roomed 

Informative sources: Fritz Hansen // Vola

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