The Royal Hotel in Copenhagen required a new design for chairs to be placed in the reception and lobby areas. In 1958, Arne Jacobsen fulfilled that requirement with the original egg chair. Since then, this egg chair has become an important facet of Danish furniture design worldwide. The egg chair is unique in that its shape offers users privacy that would otherwise be lost in public spaces. The egg, whether or not it is accompanied by the ottoman, is the ideal modern classic chair for homes, waiting areas, and lounges, particularly for those who want to keep their work or naps to themselves.
As a famous architect and designer, Arne Jacobsen initiated the Fritz Hansen Corporation in 1934. Jacobsen and Hansen’s names were moved to the forefront of modern furniture history in 1952 with the production of the Ant chairs and the Series 7 chairs. When the egg, the Swan, as well as the Series 3300 were introduced during the 1950s, Arne Jacobsen became an admired designer whose modern chair and furniture designs were considered a major part of international and national heritage.
The egg chair is designed to mimic an egg with a synthetic shell made from polyurethane foam, reinforced with fiberglass. The shell offers users an adjustable tilt which can be altered based upon the weight of the user. The base of the egg chair is a four star with a welded steel tube. It is injected into molded aluminum and has a satin-polish on the steel tube. The egg chair is upholstered with leather or fabric and can be produced with an automatic return mechanism. The egg chair is 33.8 inches in width, 31.1 inches in depth, and has a height of 42 inches. The seat is 14.5 inches high with a total cost of over six thousand dollars.