Arne Jacobsen and Britain
An evening celebrating the Danish architect and designer and his work in the UK.
Arne Jacobsen (1902 – 1971) may be best known for his furniture designs – the Swan, Egg and Ant chairs in particular - however he was first and foremost an architect and disliked the term ‘designer’. Most of the furniture and product designs that later became famous in their own right were originally created for architectural projects.
A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, his most renowned works as an architect include the apartment blocks Bellavista in Klampenborg, the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and St Catherine’s College here in Oxford.
The evening will be introduced by the Danish Ambassador, His Excellency Claus Grube, who will discuss Arne Jacobsen in a contemporary Danish context. We are delighted to announce that Arne’s grandson Tobias Jacobsen will be here to provide an insight into ‘Jacobsen, the man’ from a family perspective.
RIBA Past President Roderick Hackney will discuss his experience of working with Jacobsen, while guest speaker Henrik Lund-Larsen, Partner in the Arne Jacobsen Society, will talk about his influence on contemporary furniture and fabric design and the unrealised Oxford synagogue.
Having designed the extension to Jacobsen’s Grade 1 Listed St Catherine’s College in Oxford, Stephen R Hodder MBE, RIBA President, will expand on Jacobsen’s work as an architect and his influence in Britain.
It promises to be an enlightening evening into both his work and the man himself.
With special thanks to our sponsors Steensen Varming, Fritz Hansen and Louis Poulsen Lighting.