Designed over 50 years ago The Egg Chair has become one of the most iconic pieces of furniture ever designed. The chair was designed in 1958 by the Danish designer Arne Jacobsen to be used in the lobby and reception areas for the opening of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen when it opened in 1960. Jacobsen had specified everything for the 22 floor hotel. His philosophy was described as “from spoon to city” as his brief included the furniture, the exterior and even the cutlery still used today in the hotel’s restaurant. The hotel quickly became a landmark destination in Copenhagen and catapulted Jacobsen to a place in Designer Sainthood.

 

 

The Egg Chair is simple in its design and is widely believed to have been inspired by the Womb Chair designed 10 years earlier by his fellow Scandinavian designer, Eero Saarinens. Jacobsen cast the original chair in plaster in his garage and it embraced his design principles of simplicity and form. The chair cocoons the sitter in their own private space within the fabric of the furniture and the classic 4-star aluminium base allows the seat to both recline and swivel.

The success of the Egg Chair and the widespread critical acclaim for the design and specification of the Royal Hotel lead to many further commissions for Jacobsen. He was chosen by St Catherine’s College, Oxford to design the college buildings and as for the Royal Hotel his brief included not only the structure of the building and furniture but also included cutlery used today by college scholars.  The Egg chair was joined by other classics included The Swan, Series 7 chair and the Ant chair.

Jacobsen fans can visit the Royal Hotel and request to stay in Room 606 which still remains as Arne Jacobson designed it over 50 years ago,  The room is decorated in the original grey and blue-green colours and includes furniture that has become undoubtedly some of the design classics of the our times.

Moderncontempo offers the egg style chair in various colors in choice of leather or will, with or without the ottoman. Please check out the Egg chair here at Egg Chair