Authentic mid-century modern Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Egg chair. The chair has been restored with new padding covering the original shell and new upholstery. The base bears the maker’s mark. Covered in new black fabric, this chair is certain to make a statement in your space. There is no ottoman, the chair is being sold as pictured.
Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is manufactured by Republic of Fritz Hansen. The Egg was designed in a typical Jacobsen style, using state-of-the-art material. It is believed to be inspired by Eero Saarinen’s “Womb chair”, from which it borrows some traits. The Egg (like the Swan) was also designed as a couch. While the Swan couch is still in production, only a handful of Egg couches have ever been made. A few were made for the Radisson Hotel, and a few years back, some were made as a “special edition” couch.
The reason for the limited production of the Egg couch, besides the wish for exclusivity, is the difficulty involved in making it, plus a design flaw: the couch is too big to be covered by two entire cow-hides, which is only just possible with the Egg-chair. This leaves a very visible stitching down the middle of the couch. This problem can, however, be solved by making the upholstery in fabric rather than leather.
According to a New York Times article, the Egg chair has also been used by McDonald’s as part of a high-concept redesign of one of its restaurants in London. Furthermore, The Egg is in a McDonald’s restaurant in Nørrebrogade, Copenhagen, among other furniture by Arne Jacobsen, although some are imitations.
The newly renovated Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport features the Egg in its boarding area. Now there are hundreds of different types of egg chairs and hanging egg chairs inspired by Arne Jacobsen’s design.