Arne Jacobsen - 1959


Arne Jacobsen was a Danish-born architect and designer. Known for his simple but effective chair designs, Jacobsen created the iconic "Egg" and "Swan" chairs.

Born in Copenhagen in 1902, Jacobsen was encouraged into architecture by his father. He studied under Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. While he was still a student in 1925, Jacobsen won a silver medal for chair design in Paris. In spite of his initial success with chair design, he saw himself primarily as an architect. Much of his furniture was intended as an extension of his architecture. His famous designs such as the Egg and Swan chairs were created to furnish rooms in his buildings.

His unexpected passing in 1971 left multiple unfinished projects which were completed by his key employees Hans Dissing and Otto Weitling. Although completing many major projects such as the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen is remembered primarily for his iconic furniture.

Duffy photographed Jacobsen along with many other icons for Vogue magazine in the late 1950s. Usually for the feature “Vogue’s Eye View” which was a summary of current events or releases.

The release date of this issue of Vogue remains unknown. The shoot took place on 7th April 1959. Duffy was providing portraits and still life for Vogue from September 1958 until the early 1960s when became his main focus. During this time Jacobsen was working on the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen which may have been the subject requiring an image.

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