Fritz Hansen ‘Swan’ sofa by Arne Jacobsen
The form: An elaborately curved sofa on a fine metal frame. What makes it special: The ‘Swan’ sofa introduced a revolutionary concept where the usual heavy upholstery component is removed in favour of an organic form of thin cold-cured foam. Similar in materials and method of construction to Jacobsen’s other particularly famous lounge piece, the ‘Egg’ chair, the Swan was created for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. While the Egg is an imposing and slightly reclusive design, the Swan is far more open to social interaction with lower arms and a less formidable size, presumably because it was specifically designed for the hotel’s restaurant. The chair has become an icon of mid-century Danish design but the sofa has remained less well known, going out of production for many years and only being re-released in 2000. Like the ‘Djinn’ lounge by Olivier Mourgue – the furniture star of 2001: A Space Odyssey – the ‘Swan’ sofa symbolised a futuristic direction that rejected past styles in favour of a minimal but highly organic aesthetic, using innovative new methods and materials. Expect to pay: From $13,105. Buy at: Cult, cultdesign. com.au.