Monday, March 30, 2009

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen was a Danish architect and designer in the tradition of the “Danish Modern” style. Jacobsen got his degree in 1927 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Many of his furniture designs have become classics. He is also credited for designing flatware some of which, his right and left spoons, were used in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001:A Space Odyssey.

The Ant chair and the very recognizable Egg chair are just two examples of his furniture work.

He is also known for his bent plywood design the Model 3107 chair (or “Number 7” chair), which is purported to have sold over 5 million copies.

Perhaps the most famous use of the Number 7 chair was in the photograph taken by Lewis Morley in 1963 of Christine Keeler. Christine Keeler, for those of you who were not around in the 1960’s, was involved in bringing down the British government of Harold Macmillion in what is now known as the Profumo Affair. You can look up the details at your leisure. Lewis used the Number 7 chair, in this now famous photograph, to hide some of the assets Keeler used to entice Profumo. The photograph propelled the Jacobsen Model 3107 chair to stardom and use as a prop in similar photographs.

This image is © Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London.

1 comment:

Squerl said...

Cool Does Hal know you are useing his spoons?