Arne Jacobsen
Denmark (1902 - 1971)

Arne Jacobsen was one of the most renowned Danish designers, uniting the functional objectivity of Modernism with organic natural forms. He studied as an architect at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, and in 1930, he opened his own architectural office in Hellerup.

Thirteen years later, he and his wife fled to Sweden to escape the German occupation of Denmark. During their time in Sweden, they worked together on a series of textile prints and wallpaper.

When they returned to Denmark in 1949, Jacobsen began work on the Munkegard School outside of Copenhagen. During this project he created the "Ant" chair which began his rise to international fame. Then, in 1956, Jacobsen began work on his most celebrated accomplishment, the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. His work on this project resulted in the creation of his signature designs: the "Swan" chair and the "Egg" chair, among countless other designs that continue to impact the design world.

Jacobsen once reported that "it has been said for many years that when a thing is practical and functional, it is beautiful as well. That I don't believe." His designs, however, managed to be both of those things -- sculpturally unique and designed, above all, to be used.

From May to June 2003, Luminaire honored the life and work of this international icon with a comprehensive exhibition of his aptly described "perfectionist minimalist" designs. The opening reception included the release of Room 606, the Jacobsen biography by New York architect Michael Sheridan.