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Friday Focus - The Egg Chair from Arne Jacobsen

With Easter just around the corner we hope you’ll forgive us for focussing this Friday on our favourite type of Easter Egg, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair.

There is no question that the most talked about workplace issue currently is the intersection of office design with the form and function of hotels, cafes, homes and other public spaces. The basis for this shift is very clear. If we can now work from anywhere and at any time, then the places we choose to work will not only start to behave in similar ways, but look similar too. 

This is a profoundly liberating idea in many ways. Perhaps the most important is that we are now free to design an office in the ways that we find most attractive and useful. We may find desks and task chairs essential for many tasks, but we can also switch a greater proportion of office space over to other forms that encourage more collaborative work and allow people to work in different ways or just relax. 

As ever, the 20th Century's product design greats were way ahead of this principle and none more so than the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen. Truly iconic designs such as his Egg Chair for Fritz Hansen have graced a wide range of environments for over fifty years and show no signs of fading in popularity. Indeed,  The Egg exemplifies the new era of design without frontiers. It was originally designed for the Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen in 1958 but quickly became popular with people who wanted to make a strong aesthetic statement in other domains too.

The appeal of the Egg remains powerful to this day and it is one of the great designs that everybody can easily recognise precisely because it has colonised so many domains. It can now be found worldwide in offices, hotels, homes, cafes and restaurants.  It embodies not only our inherent predisposition for timeless great design but is now one of the symbols of a world in which the old boundaries between work and leisure are eroding.

You can find out more about Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair from Fritz Hansen here.
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