Ant Chair, Arne Jacobsen, Plywood Chair with metal legs

Ant Chair

Photo credit: Rob Deutscher from Melbourne, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Date: 1952

Designer: Arne Jacobsen

Place of Origin: Denmark

In October 1952, Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen made design history with the Ant Chair. It debuted in the canteen at Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium, setting a new standard. Crafted from a single sheet of plywood, the lightweight chair combined industrial efficiency with organic minimalism, marking a significant shift in design.

Arne Jacobsen’s vision of simplicity and durability came to life through a groundbreaking production technique. The Ant Chair‘s seat and back were shaped as a double-curvature shell, ensuring both elegance and robustness. Jacobsen’s sculptor-like approach, using clay in the development process, resulted in the Ant’s unique form.

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