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 an architect. In 1924 he was admitted to the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. 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 afterward, 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 several projects in Denmark until 1943, when he fled to Sweden 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. For more than half of the twentieth century, Arne Jacobsen’s ideas shaped the landscape of Danish design and continue to enrich the design community to this day.

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