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Chair - 3107


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Denmark (designed)
    Denmark (made)

  • Date:

    1955 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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)


1955 (designed)


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

Materials and Techniques

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


Height: 78 cm, Width: 50 cm, Depth: 52 cm, Height: 43.5 cm seat

Descriptive line

model 3107; Denmark, designed 1955 by Arne Jacobsen

Labels and date

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

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. []


Teak; Plywood; Rubber; Chromium; Steel


Moulding; Veneering; Plating



Production Type

Mass produced


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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