The Egg Chair’s voluptuous shape was perfected in clay in Arne Jacobsen’s garage in Denmark as a contemporized version of the classic wing chair. When it was introduced in 1958, its shell of fiberglass wrapped in polyurethane foam created a nest of curving contours that provided a sheltering seat as well as a tilting control to allow for reclining on a gleaming steel base. Its unique silhouette became an icon of Danish modern design.
The Egg chair was used for a time by McDonald’s as part of a high-concept redesign of restaurants in London. Most memorably, a brilliant blue Egg chair was part of the set design for the Beatles movie “Help” in 1965.
When Danish architect Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was commissioned to design the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, he designed every detail of the interior as well–from furniture to fabric to forks. Jacobsen’s aim with the Egg was to provide comfort and a sense of privacy–specifically in the public areas of the hotel. Jacobsen, active as a designer until his death at the age of 69, was a pioneer of Danish modern work remains an ongoing influence.
Egg Chair | c.1958
Original: Fritz Hansen | Denmark
Current: Fritz Hansen | Denmark
Dimensions: 34″W x 31″D x 42″H
Material: upholstered molded foam inner shell, metal legs