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The Egg Chair

General Comments January 3rd 2012

This is an iconic chair that has around since the late 1950s and is still popular today. Designed originally as a reception chair in 1958 for the Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen by Arne Jacobsen, this chair brought style and a new design to the industry. Jacobsen had a unique style of designing which came across through the egg and was known for influencing other designers and their products, however, took its influence from the womb chair.

Adaptions of the egg chair came later in the form of hanging egg chairs. These were also made and used as couches, however did not prove as popular partly due to the hefty price tag of $60,000!

Jacobsen only produced a limited number of chairs, for a number of reasons, however the main being that they were hard to make due to the chairs design flaw. The chair was too big for 2 hides to cover it so this means that you can see the stitching in the centre of the chair which is not the way that many designers, including Jacobsen would choose to finish a couch. The chair needed to be covered with fabric for the design to work.

Like many iconic chairs today, to buy an original, you need a small fortune, however there are remakes of this chair available for a more affordable price. This chair is the most popular of Jacobsen’s designs and will continue to appeal people for some time to come.

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