13 Facts About Arne Jacobsen


Arne Jacobsen is remembered for his contribution to architectural functionalism and for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple well-designed chairs.


Arne Jacobsen was born on 11 February 1902 in Copenhagen.


Arne Jacobsen's father Johan was a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners.


Arne Jacobsen's mother Pouline was a bank teller whose hobby was floral motifs.


Arne Jacobsen first hoped to become a painter, but was dissuaded by his mother, who encouraged him to opt instead for the more secure domain of architecture.


Still a student, in 1925 Arne Jacobsen participated in the Paris Art Deco fair, Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, where he won a silver medal for a chair design.


The year after winning the "House of the Future" award, Arne Jacobsen set up his own office.


Arne Jacobsen designed the functionalist Rothenborg House, which he planned in every detail, a characteristic of many of his later works.


Arne Jacobsen designed everything from the characteristic blue-striped lifeguard towers, kiosks and changing cabins to the tickets, season cards and even the uniforms of the employees.


In 1943, due to his Jewish background, Arne Jacobsen had to flee his office and go into exile to escape the Nazis' planned deportation of Jewish Danes to concentration camps.


Again Arne Jacobsen designed everything, including the garden, down to the choice of fish species for the pond.


Today, Arne Jacobsen is remembered primarily for his furniture designs.


Arne Jacobsen was influenced by the Italian design historian Ernesto Rogers, who had proclaimed that the design of every element was equally important "from the spoon to the city" which harmonized well with his own ideals.