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Overview (3)

Born in Denmark
Died in Denmark
Nickname Father of Organic Design

Mini Bio (1)

Arne Jacobsen was born on February 11, 1902 in Denmark. He died on March 24, 1971 in Denmark.

Trivia (1)

Designed the "Ant" chair that achieved iconic status due to its inadvertent showcasing by photographer Lewis Morley. Morley posed naked call girl Christine Keeler straddling the chair (backrest to fore) in his London studio in 1963. Such was the impact of the image, the pose was even lampooned by Homer Simpson and most recently in an Oliver Sweeney shoes print advertisement

Personal Quotes (26)

When I travel, I draw and paint sketches which is great fun. And as long as you are fully aware that it has nothing to do with actual art, I think that's all right.
People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it.
And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.
If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
On the other hand, I don't understand the enthusiasm for everything in the antique shop that Grandma threw out. There, the sense of quality has declined; otherwise Grandma wouldn't have thrown it out.
I have no philosophy, my favourite thing is sitting in the studio.
In addressing a task, one almost always has several possible options, sometimes only a few, and they may all be practical and functional. But they lack the aesthetic aspect that raises it to architecture.
The primary factor is proportions.
In a way, the sense of quality has improved, the status symbol of the small things is gone, and it is acceptable to use stainless steel, even if the neighbour uses silver.
I do not feel certain until I have confronted my initial solution with other solutions - although in fact the first solution often proves to be the right one.
Besides, I think that when one has been through a boarding school, especially then, you have some resistance, because it was both fine comradeship and a fairly hard training.
I don't see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture, as long as they are done properly.
That business of relaxation, which is so terribly modern today, is all good and well, but my work interests me so much, and is so varied, that many times it seems relaxing when I go from one aspect to another.
Almost every time I make a building, some people will condemn it straight to Hell.
Furniture manufacturing in plastics requires very costly machinery, which the Danish market is not big enough to justify. Or so they say. But show me a plastics manufacturer who dares to take on the experiment.
But inspiration? - That's when you come home from abroad and are asked: Well, have you found inspiration? - and fortunately you haven't. But the impressions sink in, of course, and may emerge later: None of us has invented the house; that was done many thousands of years ago.
With a painter or a sculptor, one cannot begin to alter his works, but an architect has to put up with anything, because he makes utility objects - the building is there to be used, and times change.
Now, the downside to conservation is that so much is done for the public, which almost always mars the environment that one wanted to conserve.
Carrying out the thing, getting it to the point when one might say: There, now it is good - that point is hard to reach. Often, one sets very high goals for oneself. Perhaps too high.
There is always a point when one senses one's lack of skill, the doubt.
I am going to be working on bathroom fittings for a company in the USA, and then I thought it was appropriate to simplify the fittings and, thus, lowering the cost.
If architecture had nothing to do with art, it would be astonishingly easy to build houses, but the architect's task - his most difficult task - is always that of selecting.
Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one's entire life.
That is the artistic task: To choose the best from these solutions.
You will soon find that I am a bit obsessive about my work. And that is a little sad, one often feels strangely restricted, not finding time to simmer, although one actually has many interests.
Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.

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