May, Thursday, 15 - June, Monday, 30, 2003

By all accounts, Arne Jacobsen is an international icon in architecture and design. One of Denmark’s most influential 20th century architects and designers, his pieces combine modernist ideals with a Nordic love of naturalism.

On May 15, Luminaire presented comprehensive exhibition that honored the life and work of this legendary luminary. For more than a century, he has mystified the world with his aptly described ‘perfectionist minimalist’ designs. From the Egg chair to the Cylinda-Line to the Swan, Jacobsen’s attention to detail is unparalled and is worthly of celebration and awe.

Jacobsen had once expressed his design philosophy when he declared, ‘The fundamental factor is proportion….when we look at some of the most admired buildings of the Renaissance or the Baroque, we notice that they are all well-proportioned. That is the essential thing.’

The opening reception included the release of Room 606, a new Jacobsen biography by New York architect, Michael Sheridan, a practicing architect in New York City who lived in Copenhagen during his youth and later studied architecture at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University.

This book presents a unique insight into Jacobsen’s work, using the time capsule Room 606 as a lens through which to examine his entire career, tracing the connections between Jacobsen’s masterpiece and his other works, from buildings to household objects.

Given the chance to interact with Sheridan about Jacobsen’s work provided guests with dynamic insight to the personality and the complexity of the designer. Both the reception and the lecture brought his design to life, emphasizing foremost its cultural and historical significance.