Fritz Hansen ‘Swan’ sofa by Arne Ja­cob­sen

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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.

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