Arne Jacobsen, ‘A pair of rare Giraffe Chair for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen’, 1958, Galerie Le Beau

These rare chairs were designed for use in the dining room of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. These chairs were never produced for sale to the public. Only approximately 120 chairs were made for the hotel.

Image rights: ©2017 Galerie Le Beau

Manufacturer: Manufactured by Fritz Hansen

SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen

About Arne Jacobsen

With his focus on the simplicity of form and innovative function over trendiness, architect and designer Arne Jacobsen was a pillar of midcentury modern design. One of his best-known creations, the Ant from 1951, was inspired by a plywood chair by Charles Eames. Working with longtime collaborator Fritz Hansen, he further reduced Eames’ original design to a single, stackable piece of molded wood on tube legs, in a range of vivid colors, originally intended for a cafeteria. Two of his other classic designs, the sculptural Swan and Egg chairs from 1958, were created for an architectural commission by the acclaimed SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Jacobsen’s additional public works include the 1941 Aarhus City Hall in Denmark, onto which a caged clock tower was added in response to initial dissatisfaction with the proposed design.

Danish, 1902-1971