Born in 1902 in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen originally wanted to be a painter. His father convinced him, however, to follow the more reliable career path of architect. In 1924 he was admitted to the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he studied under leading architects and designers.
Within a year of starting school, Jacobsen had won a silver medal for a chair design in an international art deco fair in Paris. Shortly afterwards he won the Danish Architect’s Association competition for designing the “House of the Future”, which brought him to acclaim as an ultra-modern architect.
While the public did not always appreciate his work, Jacobsen was hired for a number of modern projects in Denmark until 1943, when he fled to Sweden in order to avoid Nazi oppression. He returned in 1945, however, and continued his work in Denmark.
It was upon his return that Jacobsen made his greatest contributions to modern furniture design. To accompany his architectural projects, Jacobsen would design seating that complimented the aesthetic without taking away from the building around it. It was for his design of the SAS Royal Hotel that Jacobsen designed some of the most iconic chairs of the 20th century - the Swan and the Egg.