Arne Jacobsen's Swan Chair

Arne Jacobsen's Swan Chair

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Swan Chair | New Zealand Cashmere

Swan Chair | New Zealand Cashmere

From   €473.00 €3,000.00
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Swan Chair | Classic Leather

Swan Chair | Classic Leather

From   €581.00 €5,000.00
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Swan Chair | Premium Leather

Swan Chair | Premium Leather

From   €661.00 €5,800.00

When talking about modern Danish design, one must mention Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Swan’ chair which remains to this day one of the most loved and recognized designer chairs, whose popularity has not declined since it was first designed in 1958 for the lobby and lounge areas of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.

The ‘Swan’ is produced in several colours, while the available materials include fabric and leather. However, this Arne Jacobsen’s design that never goes out of fashion can be rather costly. The price of 20.00 kr. (£2300 / $3000) might not be within in your budget despite your appreciation for this Danish design icon. What’s more, due to the chair’s popularity, it’s almost never on sale. That’s why you might consider alternative options, such as buying second-hand, at a cheaper price.

One should keep in mind that there is a big price difference between fabric and leather upholstery, so if you’re looking for the cheapest possible model, you should go with fabric. However, if you do decide to purchase the ‘Swan’ chair second-hand, there are some additional considerations.

Second-Hand Swan Chair

There are several platforms and auction websites where you can buy second-hand designer furniture, including the classics such as the ‘Swan’ by Arne Jacobsen. eBay might be a good place to start, and you can also check Gumtree and Lauritz. However, be sure to carefully check the foam padding, especially in models with fabric upholstery, since it can often get worn out over the years, and it is expensive to get reupholstered. If you decide to go for the leather upholstery, make sure to check for cracks and scratches.

Innovative Design of the Swan

When it was first designed in the late 1950s, the ‘Swan’ was considered an innovation in many ways. One of the most explicit features of the chair is that it does not have any straight lines, but consists entirely of curves. This caused great admiration around the world, making the chair a true classic of modern Danish design, which remains in continuous production ever since. So, if Danish design is your passion, this chair is a must-have.

Inspiration from Nature

Many of Arne Jacobsen’s designs were inspired by nature, and this is also true for the ‘Swan’, named so because the shape of the chair resembles a swan gliding over a lake. The soft curves and the absence of straight lines are some of the features that make this chair unique and place it at the cutting edge of modern Danish design. The ‘Swan’ embodies some of the most distinctive features of Arne Jacobsen’s design, not only his continuous inspiration by nature but also his attention to proportions and functionality.

The ‘Swan’ chair is a beautiful example of how an eye for proportions can create a light and elegant impression in spite of complex design. In both AJ’s original design and the later models, the top-notch proportions make this piece of furniture an elegant addition to your home that will give it a unique look.

The ‘Swan’ is often described as the younger brother of the ‘Egg’ since it is a visual extension of this chair. What’s more, both of the chairs were designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in the late 1950s.

Swan chair dimensions

Swan chair dimensions
Height 75 cm
Width 73 cm
Depth 67 cm
Seat height 39 cm

 

The 'Swan' Sofa

Similar to its ‘brother’, the ‘Egg’ chair, the ‘Swan’ went through some minor modifications since the original version, designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. In the original design, the base of the chair was made of aluminium, moulded in one piece, while the base after 1973 consists of two parts – aluminium mounted on a steel pedestal. Older versions of the ‘Swan’ with base in one piece are rare, and therefore very popular among designer furniture collectors.

Furthermore, there was a limited period during which the ‘Swan’ was produced with a base of laminated teak (type 4325). While this model is also very rare, it is visually somewhat less elegant.

The development of the Swan Chair

Similar to its ‘brother’, the ‘Egg’ chair, the ‘Swan’ went through some minor modifications since the original version, designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. In the original design, the base of the chair was made of aluminium, moulded in one piece, while the base after 1973 consists of two parts – aluminium mounted on a steel pedestal. Older versions of the ‘Swan’ with base in one piece are rare, and therefore very popular among designer furniture collectors.

Furthermore, there was a limited period during which the ‘Swan’ was produced with a base of laminated teak (type 4325). While this model is also very rare, it is visually somewhat less elegant.

Furnishing your Home or Office in Danish Style

The light and elegant design of Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Swan’ makes it incredibly easy to use for decoration in most rooms. The chair is available in a wide range of colours and materials, with the leather version in black, red or brown being the most classic version. However, the fabric upholstery, in your favourite colour, might be what suits your needs the best. Whatever version you chose, the ‘Swan’ will express great taste and exclusiveness, while giving your home or office a modernist look, provided by Scandinavian design style that continues to be trendy.

No matter whether you chose to buy the original or a copy of the designer chair, there are endless possibilities for great décor ideas. You might place the ‘Swan’ with your sofa or use it as a cosy reading nook in the corner with a floor lamp and a small table. You can get other tips on how to display this elegant design in the best way possible from various magazines and furniture stores. If you wish to give your home or office a beautiful and stylish look, the classic design of the ‘Swan’ is what you’re looking for!

Sale
Swan Chair | New Zealand Cashmere

Swan Chair | New Zealand Cashmere

From   €473.00 €3,000.00
Sale
Swan Chair | Classic Leather

Swan Chair | Classic Leather

From   €581.00 €5,000.00
Sale
Swan Chair | Premium Leather

Swan Chair | Premium Leather

From   €661.00 €5,800.00