Danish architect Arne Jacobsen launched the three-legged, curved plywood Ant Chair in 1952. Named for its ant-like silhouette, which is especially obvious when done in a black lacquer finish, the Ant may well be even more popular today than it was 65 years ago, and is among the most replicated chairs in design history.
Characteristics of Jacobsen’s design include free-form shapes and an elegant modernism that continues to influence contemporary design.
Jacobsen believed that mass-produced furniture should have a handcrafted quality, which he achieved with the Ant. Made of nine layers of laminated veneer with two internal layers of cotton textile, the Ant is a comfortable, supportive and stackable chair with minimal materials and ideal for mass production.
Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) of Copenhagen, Denmark, wanted to be a painter, but his father advised him to attend the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to buildings, Jacobsen designed textiles, wallcoverings, silverware and, above all, furniture. His designs have been produced since 1934 by the Republic of Fritz Hansen.
The Ant and its descendant, Series 7, are among Jacobsen’s most iconic chair designs.
Ant Chair | c.1952
Original: Fritz Hansen| Denmark
Current:Fritz Hansen | Denmark
Dimensions: 20″W x 19″D x 31″H
Material: moulded veneer seat, metal legs