Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) studied architecture in Copenhagen at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture from 1924 to 1927 under Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob, both leading architects and designers.
He is remembered mostly as a leader of an international ultra-modern style and for his contributions to architectural funtionalism as well as for his famous Egg, Swan, Ant and Seven Series chairs. In 1929 he designed “the house of the future” with Flemming Larsson, which featured windows that rolled down like car windows, a conveyor tube for the mail and a kitchen stocked with ready-made meals.
In the 1950’s Arne’s interest in furniture design peaked, he was inspired greatly by the moulded plywood chairs Charles and Ray Eames were producing as well as the Italian design historian Ernesto Rogers, who’s design philosophy -that every design element was equally important “from the spoon to the city” harmonized with his own ideals. Until then most of his furniture that had become famous in it’s own right had been part of architectural projects.
His chair designs such as the Ant and the Seven Series chairs perfectly functioned to serve modern needs being light, stackable and compact. His contribution to the Scandinavian and Danish modern furniture movement steered it in a direction that added a humane quality to the finished product.
His sense of proportion is also duly noted in a interview where he states “The proportion is exactly what makes the beautiful ancient Egyptian temples […] and if we look at some of the most admired buildings of the Renaissance and Baroque, we notice that they were all well-proportioned. Here is the basic thing”.