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Chair - 3107

3107

  • Object:

    Chair

  • Place of origin:

    Denmark (designed)
    Denmark (made)

  • Date:

    1955 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jacobsen, Arne Emil, born 1902 - died 1971 (designer)
    Fritz Hansen (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded teak veneered plywood, with satin chromium-plated tubular steel legs

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.371-1970

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 76, case 2

This is one of the most successful chair designs of the twentieth century. Its simple and elegant form, and suitability for mass production, ensured its success. It was one of the first chairs in which a continuous seat and back were formed from a single sheet of plywood, bent into compound curves. The curvaceousness of the chair is both organic and sensual, a characteristic that the photographer Lewis Morley exploited in his portrait of Christine Keeler in 1963. In fact he used an early copy of the chair, one of many lookalikes that have been made over the years. Literally millions of Jacobsen's design have been made in the half century or so it has been in continuous production.

Physical description

Chair made of plywood and tubular steel legs. The one-piece back and seat are made of moulded teak veneered plywood. This is supported by four satin chromium-plated tubular steel legs that meet under the seat inside a protective grey plastic circular cover. There are rubber pads under the seat at the juncture with each leg and the legs have rubber feet on the ends.

Place of Origin

Denmark (designed)
Denmark (made)

Date

1955 (designed)

Artist/maker

Jacobsen, Arne Emil, born 1902 - died 1971 (designer)
Fritz Hansen (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded teak veneered plywood, with satin chromium-plated tubular steel legs

Dimensions

Height: 78 cm, Width: 50 cm, Depth: 52 cm

Labels and date

From Twentieth Century Gallery, Room 73:
STACKING CHAIR: 3107 CHAIR
Designed by Arne Jacobsen (Danish, 1902-1971)
Made by Fritz Hansens, Allerod, Denmark, from 1971
Moulded teak veneered plywood, statin chromium-plated steel legs
Circ.371-373-1970

The back and seat of this chair, made from a single sheet, are moulded in a complex three-dimensional curve, which exploited the fashion for organic form. The chair is made in a range of finishes including natural oak and cheerful colours. It featured in Jacobsen's display at the 1957 Triennale Exhibition in Milan, which was awarded the Grand Prix. []

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Plywood; Teak; Tubular steel; Chromium; Rubber

Techniques

Moulding; Veneering; Bending; Metal plating

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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