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Grand Prix | Arne Jacobsen

1955, Designed for Fritz Hansen, Materials: Teak, 77.5X46X48 cm
Courtesy of Michael and Mathilda Albert

The Grand Prix chair was first shown by
Fritz Hansen in 1957, at the Spring Design
Exhibition in the Danish Museum of Art and
Design in Copenhagen. Later that same year, the chair was exhibited at the Triennale de Milano where it was awarded the Grand Prix - the most distinguished badge of honor
presented at the exhibition.

Subsequently, partially industrial versions
of the Grand Prix were made with materials
such as metal and plastic, while the original
was made of teak wood, although the legs
resembled metal legs in their shape and form.

The seat is made with a laminated wood
technology which includes gluing layers of plywood and pressing them in a mold in order to achieve maximum comfort and ergonomics. The iconic chair is particularly representative of Danish furniture from the 1950's, which included extensive use of the method of lamination to achieve round and soft ergonomic surfaces, as well as traditional and meticulous woodwork.

Arne Jacobsen, (born in Denmark, 1902-1970) an architect and designer, earned his renown in Danish design during the second half of the 20th century. The collaboration of Jacobsen with the furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen began in 1934, and included two of the most famous series produced by him - the chair AntTM (which precipitated his big breakthrough in 1952) and Series 7TM. The Grand Prix chair is considered part of the latter series. Jacobsen was very productive, both as an architect and as a designer; in the 1950's alone he took part in many projects at the same time, including the design of furniture series and a hotel in Copenhagen.

Photo: Itay Benit

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