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Arne Jacobsen Oksen Lounge Chair

arne jacobsen oksen lounge chair

arne jacobsen oksen lounge chair

Design Arne Jacobsen, 1966
Wood frame, molded foam, steel, upholstery
Made by Fritz Hansen

"If I have a philosophy, it must be to sit at my drawing board." -Arne Jacobsen

Known for his organic and soft lines in designs like the Swan™ and the Ant™, Arne Jacobsen surprised design connoisseurs all over the world when he first introduced Oksen™ in 1966. Reflecting its name - meaning 'the bull' in Danish - Oksen was big, bold and powerful. All three features characterize Oksen in 2017.

Unlike many of Arne Jacobsen's other designs, Oksen was not designed for a specific architectural project. It took Jacobsen nothing less than five years to develop the Oksen design. Oksen was a project he repeatedly returned to with many variations in the years 1962-66 before it finally took shape in 1966. The chair was considered quite rare among critics due to its short original production period as well as its controversial yet powerful expression. The voluminous Oksen represents edge and personality and like its predecessor - the Egg™ - it inhabits a room like no one else. Indeed it can be defined as the largest and most distinctive chair that Arne Jacobsen ever designed.

The chair is both distinctive and definite in its language, and the inspiration is clearly the American recliner type that Jacobsen had seen in the United States. Oksen is also sculptural but in a completely different tight form and designed in a style that is in line between the soft royal furniture and the tighter Oxford furniture in Fritz Hansen's collection.

Whilst the chair looks graphical and almost facetted shaped when you look at it from the side and from the back, the actual seating part is softened by a foam and down seat and foam layered neck. The seat will soften in time as the chair slowly ages with beauty. Furthermore, the back of Oksen is hand-stitched just like the Egg while the front side is sowed.

Oksen lounge chair is offered in three different leather types: Classic and Elegance in the colors Black and Walnut as well as in Genuine in the color black only. The 5-star base is available in black powder coated aluminum or satin polished aluminum with a satin polished steel pedestal. The base can be specified with a return mechanism. Matching footstool with a 4-star base is also available.

oksen lounge chair: 39.8" w | 34.3" d | 45.2" h | seat: 17" h | arms: 22.8"h
oksen footstool: 20.4" w | 20.4" d | 15.7" h

$11,338.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)

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Arne Jacobsen

Danish architect and designer Arne Emil Jacobsen (1902 – 1971) is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs. After a spell as an apprentice mason, Jacobsen was admitted to the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where from 1924 to 1927 he studied under Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob, both leading architects and designers. After completing architecture school, he first worked at city architect Poul Holsoe's architectural practice. In 1929, in collaboration with Flemming Lassen, he won a Danish Architect's Association competition for designing the "House of the Future" which was built full scale at the subsequent exhibition and helped Jacobsen be recognized as an ultra-modern architect. Later, the Ant and Series 7 chairs, produced in 1952 as a collaboration with Fritz Hansen, propelled both names into furniture history.
Fritz Hansen was established in 1872 by the visionary cabinetmaker of the same name. Since then, Fritz Hansen has become a natural part of both Danish and international design history. Today, it is an exclusive and international design brand. The history of Fritz Hansen is characterized by stupendous craftsmanship, unique design and an inherent sense of premium quality. Leading architects and furniture designers from all over the world have regularly contributed to the collection with beautifully shaped and functional furniture that seamlessly meet through the use of innovative techniques and new materials. Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjćrholm, Piero Lissoni, Kasper Salto and Morten Voss – the stellar string of designers is long and the list of furniture of classic and iconic fame is even longer.

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