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Arne Jacobsen

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Arne Jacobsen (1902–1971) was a celebrated Danish architect and designer, best known for his contributions to the Functionalism movement. With hopes of being a painter, a young Arne Jacobsen was persuaded by his father to pursue the more financially secure field of architecture instead. From 1924 to 1927, he attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under leading architects including Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob, and went on to receive several awards for his designs as a student. In 1929, Jacobsen set up his own firm in Copenhagen, where he immediately became a prominent ultra-modern architect. Although he considered himself first and foremost an architect, Jacobsen is most remembered for his furniture designs, particularly his collaborations with manufacturer Fritz Hansen. Inspired by the industrial designs of Charles and Ray Eames, Jacobsen created some of the most iconic furniture pieces of the 1950s, including the stackable Ant chair, the Egg lounge chair, and the curved sofa called the Swan. Today, Jacobsen is remembered for his influence on modernism and more specifically, his sense of proportion as a furniture designer. Many of his pieces, including his shapely Series 7 chair and his collection of modern lighting for Danish manufacturer Louis Poulsen, are still in production today.