"Egg" Armchair

Arne Jacobsen (Danish, 1902–1971)
Fritz Hansens Eft. A/S
Ox-hide, plastic, aluminum
38 1/2 x 33 7/8 x 33 7/8 in. (97.8 x 86 x 86 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1961
Accession Number:
Not on view
Scandinavian designers often combined the traditional beauty of natural materials with advanced technology, giving their designs a warm and domestic yet modern quality. The ox-hide upholstery of this armchair is stretched over a foam-covered molded-plastic frame, giving it a striking sculptural quality. Originally designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the model was later put into general production.

Jacobsen was one of the first—and most influential—modernists working in Denmark. Unusually prolific, he turned his hand to designing everything from architecture to lighting, furniture, textiles, and metalwork. The Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was one of his most important clients, commissioning an air terminal and hotel, both in Copenhagen, for which he also designed all the furnishings. Such projects provided enormous publicity and exposure, as countless travelers experienced first-hand his now-iconic designs.
Danish Society of Arts and Crafts and Industrial Design, Copenhagen (until 1961; sold to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

Esbjørn Hiorth in The Arts of Denmark: Viking to Modern. Ed. Erik Lassen. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. [Copenhagen], 1960, p. 124, no. 110, ill. p. 125.

Penelope Hunter-Stiebel. "The Decorative Arts of the Twentieth Century." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 37 (Winter 1979–1980), p. 43, ill. (MMA collection).

Philippe Garner. Twentieth-Century Furniture. New York, 1980, p. 168, ill.

Marc Emery. Furniture by Architects: 500 International Masterpieces of Twentieth-Century Design and Where to Buy Them. New York, 1983, p. 156, no. 290, ill. p. 159.

Elizabeth Wilhide. Living with Modern Classics: The Chair. New York, 2000, p. 45, ill. (color), calls it "Egg chair".

Carsten Thau and Kjeld Vindum. Arne Jacobsen. Copenhagen, 2001, pp. 137–38, 144, 432, 439, 467–68, 471–73, 546, no. 3316, ill. pp. 433, 435, 438–39, 467, 471–72 (color and bw).

Carsten Thau and Kjeld Vindum in Arne Jacobsen—Absolutely Modern. Ed. Michael Juul Holm et al. Exh. cat., Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Humlebaek, 2002, pp. 61, 96, ill. p. 62 (color).