Arne Jacobsen was a Danish architect and designer, after his study of architecture he worked at Paul Holsoe’s architecture firm. In 1930 he started his own firm and was also a professor of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of fine arts.
Royal Hotel Copenhagen – fritzhansen.com
In the late 1950s Arne Jacobsen designed the famous Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and the Sint Catherine’s College in Oxford.
Arne Jacobsen’s designs were strongly influenced by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. Despite these influences he still always gave his designs Danish character. Jacobsen’s style is mainly traditional Danish Design. During his travels abroad he also picked up inspiration from other designers like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
How can I identify an original Arne Jacobsen butterfly chair?
Butterfly chair – fritzhansen.com
One of Arne Jacobsen’s most famous designs is the butterfly chair 3107 (also known as the 7 series), designed in 1953. Jacobsen made this design for the Danish producer Fritz Hansen. The reason the chair has become so successful seems to be it’s timelessness.
This particular chair has been imitated numerous times and you can recognize an original by it’s curves in the seat as well as the back rest. You can also recognize it by the cap on the bottom of the chair with the brand stamp or sticker. Often times with imitation versions you will see small cracks in the narrowed area of the back rest. The original butterfly chairs were stronger because there were fabric pieces placed between the layers of wood, for easier bending. Also, it’s important to ensure that the chairs have not been painted, this devalues the chairs. The way to tell whether it has been painted is if the grain in the wood is no longer visible.
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