Danish Design Icon - Arne Jacobsen

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Worldwide Arne Jacobsen is recognized as one of the most determined, admired and exceptional designers. His creations of some of the 20th century’s most iconic classics are to this day still as functional and timeless in their designs as they were 55 years ago.
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Arne Emil Jacobsen (1902-1971) was a Danish world-renowned architect and designer, who was one of the leading pillars behind propelling Danish architecture and design into the modernism era.
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For Arne Jacobsen relaxation did not mean, stop, but instead the continuation of the ever-changing inspiration and will to create marvellous conceptions. Always working on a new project and with an eye for details. Every move in creating one of his designs and architectural masterpieces was considered carefully, everything had to be perfection, and not a single detail was too insignificant to him.
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The style of Arne Jacobsen was of Modernist architecture; his inspiration came from travelling especially a trip he made to Germany during his studies. When he graduated from the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, he received a gold medal of honour – one of many distinctions that Arne Jacobsen would earn throughout his lifetime, however this was what he treasured the most, whilst it drove him forward in his indefatigable quest for excellence.
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Arne Jacobsen was remarkable in his sturdiness and multiple design talents. Throughout his lifetime he not only mastered large complex buildings projects, he also excelled in furniture, lamp, and cutlery design.
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Architectural gems in Copenhagen

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Scattered throughout Denmark, Arne Jacobsen’s masterpieces continue to be magnificent in the cityscape.
In Gentofte municipality, he made his public breakthrough, with the resort complex of Bella Vista, which also established him as leading advocate of international modern style. Later he also designed Bellevue theatre and Bellevue Sea bath in Gentofte municipality.
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Later he created two masterpieces in the city centre of Copenhagen, which still to this day are very significant to Copenhagen scenery. He was the architect behind the architectural distinguished building of the Danish National Bank, although he sadly did not live to see its completion.
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Another famed architectural masterpiece is the; Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, formerly known as SAS Royal Hotel. In this project his remarkable ability to create functionality and simple classics is displayed, as he designed every single pieces of the hotel. Whether it was the building, the furniture, the doorknobs, or even the cutlery. Sadly most have since been replaced and refurbished only room 606 is kept in its original design, as Arne Jacobsen envisioned it.
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(Original restored Room 606, at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen)
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The Furniture designs of Arne Jacobsen

 
Even if Arne Jacobsen was an architect first, he might be acknowledged by his furniture designs the most. Especially for his chair designs has won acclaim all over the world, as an extraordinary combination of simple yet effective in function designs, which are iconic to most Danes and the world.
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For the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, he designed multiple pieces of furniture, which also are his most known works and designs. Example the iconic and timeless classics “The Egg”, “The Swan” and “The Swan Sofa” but already in 1952 he had his breakthrough, in furniture designs, when he designed “The Ant Chair” for Danish healthcare company, Novo Nordisk. This concept chair later became Arne Jacobsen’s inspiration for his “7-series” chair designs, which is a further development of the “Ant design”. The “7-series” has become the most sold chair of Arne Jacobsen to this date and continues to sell after 60 years!
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Arne Jacobsen’s legacy lives on, even though being dead for more than 30 years! His designs are timeless and will live on and inspire the next generations to come.
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