The Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark is among the iconic hotels ever built in the world. Pioneered by the Scandinavian Airlines System, the project aimed to create an international style gateway in the Nordic countries. For this great mission of modernization and innovation to attract visitors and gain prestigious publicity, Arne Jacobsen was chosen to design every single element within the hotel. Before the opening of the hotel in 1960, the Danish designer successfully put his unique theories into practice and came up with outstanding designs.
Designing of the Egg Chair
One of those many designs was the Egg Chair. In 1958, Jacobsen designed this famous chair for the Royal Hotel. Before going through the manufacturing stage, arne jacobsen sculpted it in his garage out of clay and molded it. The result was a unique chair that has never been seen before that resembled an egg shape. Soon, it was manufactured exclusively by Fritz Hansen, a Danish furniture design company founded in 1872, in limited numbers.
The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen is still in use today, and it has become one of the masterpieces associated with Danish design. Because of its unique egg-like-shape, the chair provides privacy and personality in public spaces, creating an excellent and practical contrast. Hence, it is strongly preferred in lobbies and waiting lounges.
Beautiful Details of the Egg Chair
The original design made by Jacobsen and manufactured by Fritz Hansen is still available today and continues to be an exclusive and rare item. It comes with a fabric or leather upholstery that varies in colors, from black to white. The star base of the case is made of aluminum, and it is also satin polished. The shells are synthetic and padded with cold-cured foam. It also features an adjustable tilt as well. The beauty also comes with difficulties. The making of the item is considered challenging and hard, and that’s another reason why it remains to be a niche and rare item.
Popularity around the World
Known to be used by famous and personalities around the world, the Egg chair has not been sold many times. Due to its popularity and exclusivity, however, it has been imitated numerous times by different brands all over the world. Indeed, imitations are still very present today because the chair is a timeless classic that never gets outdated. Despite all the replicas, it will always be associated with Arne Jacobsen and the Danish heritage.