Posted on October 15, 2014
Unique, Curvious and Sculptural
The Egg chair is undoubtedly the most sculptural and organic design of all Arne Jacobsen's inspirations, its history go back to the mid of the 20th century, soon after its first release in 1958 by Fritz Hansen, the egg chair achieved an international popularity and stood up as a master piece of design classics.
The design is very notable for its rounded egg shape, curvacious body, and short swivel base, without a single straight line, It has been designed exclusively for the Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen.
Arne Jacobsen is considered to be the founder of the international style in 1950's, very well-remembered as an outstanding
Danish Architect and also for his furniture work notably his collection of designer lights and other timeless classics. He regarded furniture as organic and sculptural pieces to complete the interior design in perfect harmony, Jacobsen created the perfect marriage between furniture and architecture
The Egg Chair and Architecture
From the very start of the 1950's, Bauhaus furniture witnessed a revolutionary movement in design inspirations, architectural graphics, and the application of new technologies notably the introduction of plastic and fibreglass molding. Arne Jacobsen was in the heart of these new experiments and made a very good use of these techniques by connecting organic furniture as sculptural feature to complete the architectural designs. Jacobsen regarded furniture as sculptural pieces to mix in harmony with its interiors and be inseparable part of the walls and foundation of the building. The Egg chair was the product of these technological and social progress which created new type of designer furniture for the first time in the 20th century, characterised by the new international furniture and architectural style.
The Radisson Hotel was one of Jacobsen’s major projects and architectural achievement, the hotel was the largest and the tallest skyscraper in Copenhagen at that time. Jacobsen was determined to accomplish his architectural building project by designing the ultimate furniture for the lobby area of the Hotel. The picture showing the vintage Egg chair standing as a sculptural feature in the middle of the reception area of the Royal hotel, a true statement in furniture and architecture combined together to create the international style.
The Egg chair was the product of these technological and social progress which created new type of designer furniture for the first time in the 20th century, characterised by the new international furniture and architectural style.
Bauhaus furniture design evolved side by side with architectural and technological progress. Instead of the traditional classic furniture with its heavy, carved wood, and dark materials, Jacobsen introduced the new technological applications and materials, specially the use of molded plastic which was a such industrial revolution at that time and completely a new idea in the world of furniture
Jacobsen's International Style
His concept of design was based on lightness, minimalistic style, sculptural figures and excellent craftsmanship. Jacobsen managed to break the traditional methods by designing the body of the Egg Chair in non conventional shape, from a light weight plaster shell, and injecting it with synthetic foam which make the Egg Chair very comfortable, and very light. The Egg chair was the product of these technological and social progress which created new type of designer furniture for the first time in the 20th century, characterised by the new international furniture and architectural style. Jacobsen egg chair reproductions was later followed by even lighter models made of fibreglass and polyurethane foam. The egg chair reproductions furniture is extremely lighter nowadays, with an overall weight of 18kg.
This classic designer lounge chair become very popular in our contemporary age, it has been featured in many films, TV Shows and Series, also the favourite chair used by Mac Donald’s Restaurants branches in UK and other parts in the World. The Egg chair has a modern appeal and suits ultra-modern and traditional classic interiors, very unique and versatile in its design and functionality.
The Future of the Egg Chair Replica
The Egg Chair and the UK Copyright Law 2013
Although the egg chair was designed nearly 60 years ago, it always stands out as an iconic design and one of the best pieces ever made in Bauhaus furniture. The chair has been in reproductions for decades, many copies are reproduced and sold world wide, the new technologies have made it very easy to copy the original designs with all the details with great precision and accuracy, the result was a very good quality designer furniture replica emerging and competing against the licence holders of the original classic designs.
The last decade has witnessed a huge struggle between companies of designer furniture replica and the licence holders, Fritz Hansen criticised Mac Donald's for purchasing and using egg chair replica in London and Copenhagen food chain stores and many manufacturers are campaigning to change the law in UK and to stop the reproduction of the egg chair and other design icons as copies.
Many experts are predicting that the new Copyright law in UK 2013 which repealed the section 52 of Copyright Designs and patents Act 1988, will work for the favour of the major international lobby designs, such as Vitra, Fritz Hansen, Knoll International and many more, the new law will basically deem any replica illegal if regarded as an Artistic design by a UK court of law. If the egg chair is deemed by the court as Artistic, then we will be forced by the law to stop reproducing, selling or distributing this chair, any trades will be regarded against the law ans subject to civil and criminal proceedings. It is still not known at the present time the exact future of the egg chair and all other designer furniture replica. UK government is still in the process of establishing the details of this new legislation, but many thinks that the future of design classic replica in UK is coming to its final journey and it will be eventually banned by law.
We can Only Wait and See..