The story behind
Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was a Danish architect and designer.
After briefly working in the architecture firm of Poul Holsøe, Jacobsen, in collaboration with the fellow architect Flemming Lassen won the House of the Future award from the Danish Architect’s Association. This success enabled him to open his own practice in 1929. Over the next several years, Jacobsen created numerous structures in the International Modern Style, and subscribed to the idea of “total design,” creating everything from the furniture and fittings to the uniforms of the building’s employees.
During World War II, Jacobsen was forced to flee to Sweden, where he spent a majority of his time designing wallpaper and textiles. In 1945, he returned to Denmark, and resumed his architectural pursuits, which included The Number Seven Chair and The Ant chair, launching his reputation as a world-renowned furniture designer.