the ant chair Arne Jacobsen



“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.”

The 3 legged Ant Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen and made in Denmark by Fritz Hansen, its minimalist form is deceptively comfortable owing to its shell design, whilst still being elegant and beautiful.  Jacobsen’s first stackable chair is also one of his best known designs.  Its revolutionary design was not an immediate hit when it was first launched in 1952.  Perhaps because of its amputee form of 3 legs and no arms?
The back and seat are made of one piece of laminated wood with 9 layers of moulded veneer with layers of cotton textile in between thus making the Ant flexible enough to adapt to the body’s contour and movements.
The Ant is stackable, wooden, with a thin chrome base, natural wood veneer and colours in lacquer or lazier.   It was thus named because of its likeness to the outline of an ant with its head raised.   It was designed originally with a canteen destination in mind.  It must be light, stable, easy to stack and with only 3 legs, more room for human legs.  The first production of 300 was  made with plastic legs, later editions the plastic was replaced by tubular steel.  A four legged version was also made.

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