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Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) was born in Copenhagen (Denmark) and studied at the Technical School of Copenhagen. Later in architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts where he won a silver medal for a chair that was then exhibited at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Art Decoratifs in Paris. Influenced by Le Corbusier, Gunnar Asplund and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jacobsen embraced a functionalist approach from the outset. He was among the first to introduce modernist ideas to Denmark and create industrial furniture that built upon on its craft-based design heritage. In 1930 he opened his own office in Hellerup, where he created some of the most influential and innovative pieces of mid-century design.
Arne Jacobsen bought a plywood chair designed by Charles Eames and installed it in his own studio, where it inspired one of the most commercially successful chair models in design history. The three-legged Ant chair (1951) sold in millions and is considered a classic today.  It consists of two simple elements: tubular steel legs and a springy seat and back formed out of a continuous piece of plywood in a range of vivid colors.

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