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Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Emil Jacobsen (11 February 1902 – 24 March 1971) was a well-known Danish architect and designer. He’s famous for his influence on modern architecture and his widely successful, simple yet functional chair designs.

Arne Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen on 11 February 1902, to well-off Jewish parents. His father, Johan, worked as a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners, while his mother, Pouline, was a bank teller with a passion for floral patterns. Initially aspiring to be a painter, Jacobsen’s mother guided him towards a more stable career in architecture.

During his time as a student, Jacobsen displayed his chair design at the 1925 Paris Art Deco fair and won a silver medal. He was inspired by the innovative design style of Le Corbusier’s L’Esprit Nouveau pavilion during a trip to Paris. Later, he traveled to Germany, where he was influenced by the architectural styles of Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. These experiences shaped his early designs, including his graduation project—an award-winning art gallery design.

After completing his studies, Jacobsen began working at architect Poul Holsøe’s practice. In 1929, in partnership with Flemming Lassen, he won a competition organized by the Danish Architect’s Association to design the “House of the Future,” which was showcased at an exhibition in Copenhagen. This groundbreaking design featured a spiral-shaped, flat-roofed house made of glass and concrete, with innovative features like rolling windows and a conveyor tube for mail. This project propelled Jacobsen into the limelight as a forward-thinking architect.

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