This set of charming design classics are made from Teak and have a beautiful vintage finish.
The Grand Prix chair from 1957 is the only shell chair by Arne Jacobsen that was not designed with steel legs.
The chair, which is made entirely in wood, represents Arne Jacobsen’s attempt at creating a lightweight, modern chair that appealed to an audience who did not find steel to match their home interior. The Grand Prix chair, which was not designed for a specific building project, was presented in a series of exhibitions in Denmark and other European countries in 1957. In the Danish press, it was celebrated as a technical sensation, and at the Milan Triennial it was awarded the finest distinction of the exhibition, the ‘Grand Prix’, which has been the chair’s name ever since.
About the designer:
Arne Jacobsen (1902 – 1971) was one of Denmark's most influential 20th Century architects and designers. Jacobsen's buildings and products meld modernist ideals with a Nordic love of naturalism. Arne Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen at the turn of the last Century and started as an apprentice bricklayer before winning a place to study architecture at the Royal Academy of the Arts in 1924. While a student, Jacobsen travelled to Paris for the ground-breaking 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, winning a silver medal for a chair design. By the late 1950s, Jacobsen took full advantage of an opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practise in the design of the SAS Air Terminal and Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Today, Arne Jacobsen is associated with stunning Danish designer chairs and lighting. His most iconic designs include the Fritz Hansen series 7 chair, egg chair and the AJ table lamp for Louis Poulsen.
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