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Arne Jacobsen’s Ant Chair (1952)

In 1952 Arne Jacobsen designed a chair for the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, who wanted something compact, light and stackable for their canteen. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen its official name is Model 3100, but became affectionately known as the Ant Chair.

In the spring of 1952 the Ant Chair was shown at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art and became Jacobsen’s international breakthrough. It predates all of his other iconic designs including the famous Series 7 (1955), the Series 3000 (1956) and the Egg and Swan chairs (both designed for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958).

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Jacobsen said of the Ant chair that “I based my work on a need: what chairs are needed? I found that people needed a new type of chair for the small kitchen dinettes that are found in most new building today, a little, light, and inexpensive chair. At the same time, I made one that can also be used in lunchrooms, as a stacking chair. It can be stacked by inserting the chairs into one another, consequently saving both time and energy.”

Unfortunately, the chair is no longer inexpensive selling between $500-$750 each, but it is light and its slimline design is ideal for small spaces.

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Photography Patric Johansson via My Paradissi

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The original version had three legs and I can attest that it is not the most sturdy of designs mainly because people expect that a chair have four. So, later a four legged version, known as Model 3101 was introduced. The Ant Chair counts among Fritz Hansen’s best selling designs and now also comes 9 different veneers, 9 lacquers and coloured ash finishes.

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