The Swan chair earns its sobriquet from its profile appearance. It resembles the flowing form of a graceful swan. Resting on a star footed polished cast aluminum base, the seat sweeps up forming to the wing like armrests, while the back rises from a slim waist and expands at the top to envelop the sitter. There’re no straight lines. The chair is made out of curves and upholstery. Jacobson was the first to fully use synthetic foam (styropore®) and a fiberglass frame to sculpt this shape. Replete with a matching ottoman, it is as much sculpture as it is chair. Like his other furniture designs, this one represents elegant modernism which remains an influence on contemporary design today.
The chair and a companion couch were designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. It is currently manufactured by the Danish furniture manufacturer Republic of Fritz Hansen. Along with the Swan, Jacobsen also developed the Egg chair and other furniture much of which did not get into mass production.
Arne Emil Jacobsen
Arne Emil Jacobsen, Hon. FAIA (11 February 1902 – 24 March 1971) was a Danish architect and designer. But is remembered primarily for his furniture designs. He was the first to introduce the concept of Danish industrial design into furniture. Many of his furniture and decorative designs were created to go with architectural projects and were inspired by design initiatives such as that of Charles and Ray Eames. His way into product design came through his interest in Gesamtkunst, “total work of art.”
Swan Chair | c.1958
Original: Fritz Hansen | Denmark
Current: Fritz Hansen | Denmark
Dimensions: 29″W x 27″D x 30″H
Material: upholstered moulded foam inner shell, metal legs