The Egg™ chair from 1958 doesn’t need an introduction; the shape is so iconic that it has entered the general publics mind. Yet it’s less known that the chair was done for a hotel lobby in Copenhagen, the SAS Royal Hotel, whose architect was Arne Jacobsen. Widely seen as the worlds first design hotel, Jacobsen designed not only the building but also furniture, cutlery, light fittings, textiles, door handles, signage, glassware and many other details.
The Egg™ is one of the triumphs of Jacobsen’s total design – a sculptural contrast to the building’s almost exclusively vertical and horizontal surfaces. The Egg™ sprang from a new technique, which Jacobsen was the first to use; a strong foam inner shell underneath the upholstery. Like a sculptor, Jacobsen strove to find the shell’s perfect shape in clay at home in his own garage. Because of the unique shape, the Egg™ guarantees a bit of privacy in otherwise public spaces and the Egg™ – with or without footstool – is ideal for lounge and waiting areas as well as the home. The Egg™ is available in a wide variety of fabric upholstery as well as leather, always combined with a star shaped base in satin polished aluminium.