An ant marked the breakthrough of important Danish modern architect and designer Arne Jacobsen’s furniture design career- an Ant Chair (1955; Ann Chair), that is. It was originally designed for the canteen of pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk and is a study in minimalism. It has a compact one piece seat and back made of laminated molded veneer and is stackable. It was not very popular right off the bat, presumably due to its slightly unconventional looks.
Jacobsen had trained as an apprentice bricklayer before pursuing his architectural studies and this had instilled a sense of materials in him as well as the belief that good mass-produced furniture should possess a handcrafted quality to them.
His Series 7 Chair (1955; Sven Chair) further developed on the Ant form and is probably the best-selling chair in furniture history, with a simple, curvaceous form from molded plywood. Its sales were propelled further when former English model Christine Keeler posed nude for a photograph by Lewis Morley in a chair patterned after the Series 7.
The egg and swan chairs were conceived for the lounge and private suites of Copenhagen’s SAS Royal Hotel which Jacobsen designed in 1958. The hotel was the city’s first skyscraper.
As such, his Egg Chair (1958; Hatch Lounge Chair) was distinctively modernist and very exclusive when launched, partly due to its difficulty in production and state-of-the-art materials used. It looked like a very mod version of a Georgian wing chair- one that also resembled a broken eggshell. The egg chair is moulded to the curves of the human body. It could also be tilted back for more comfort and possesses what was at the time a novelty swivel function. It enjoyed a lot of air time over the years, such as in Kubrick’s film A Space Odyssey and on popular television series Ugly Betty. Ringo Starr of the phenomenal English rock band the Beatles had it in his room in their house in the 1965 film Help!
The Swan Chair (1958; Saen Lounge Chair) was also unique when it came out in that it boasted only curves, no straight lines. Its low-slung look complemented the more upright (and hence, formal) look of the egg chair. Their sculptural forms given shape by fibreglass frames covered by pliable foam were effected by new technologies that made it possible for a single-mould form.
A single room, Room 606, is the only surviving piece of the interior of the SAS, having been preserved as a time capsule. The room is a microcosm of Jacobsen's definitive designs.
Furniture designs that have shaped 20th century design continue to endure and be very recognizable, thanks to film and television. These iconic, celebrated designs still fit into today’s decor world as naturally and utterly as they did mid-20th century.
An easy way to immediately add thoughtful flair to your bedroom is the addition of furniture at the foot of your bed. Don’t worry, it won’t clutter your bedroom; in fact, it’ll add both storage space and personality to your decor. The choices you have aren’t just limited to a chest or trunk at the end of your bed either. A pretty slat low bench gives you a place to sit and read in your sanctum as well as use it as a book bench for those books. It’s also dead handy to put your linens down on when you are changing bed sheets or even to keep your extra blankets on.
Fiberglass is plastic that is reinforced by fine glass fibers or strands embedded in a resin matrix.
Fiberglass is a fascinatingly beautiful, durable and sustainable material that has been touted as the lumber of the future. Its vibrant aesthetics, versatility and beguiling tactility have bestowed upon the material a sort of casual but hardy connoisseurship that endures.
Fiberglass is lightweight, extremely robust, low-maintenance, UV-resistant, nonporous and chemically inert, which means that it will not react with other substances that it comes in contact with. The strength properties of fiberglass actually surpass that of heavier steel. It also holds its shape and color over its lifetime and has excellent impact and scratch resistance. Little wonder then that it is a favorite material for furniture. Fiberglass has a very comfortable finish and also takes on even more depth as it wears in, showing more complexity as compared to other plastics that merely look hazed and dull over time and scratches. Cleaning fiberglass chairs is as easy as wiping them down.