Arne Jacobsen was a Danish furniture designer and architect. Arne Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in the year 1902.
Jacobsen’s father was a trader in wholesale commodities such as safety pins. His mother worked as a bank teller. As a youngster Jacobsen wanted to become an artist. His father discouraged this idea and convinced him architecture could be more lucrative for the artist.
The artist attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he studied design and architecture. After graduating he went to work for a leading architectural firm.
Jacobsen became linked with the Modernism movement after he designed a futuristic house in 1929. Below we view this wonderful house as well as some other works by Jacobsen:
Jacobsen was Jewish and in 1943, at the height of World War 2, he fled Denmark to Sweden where he stayed for two years. During this time he did little architecture work and instead he designed textiles.
In this clip a wonderful piece of art called the swan chair:
Arne Jacobsen passed away in 1971 at the age of 69 years old.
Price range information: Furniture ranges from $2,000 to $15,000.
Another famous chair made by the artist was the “Egg Chair.” In this clip we view an egg chair being made:
What a great modernist artist! His furniture designs were far ahead of his time. The artist disliked the term of designer, but his talent for designing houses, furniture, and textiles was unsurpassed.