Design Icon | The Series 7 Chair
The internationally famed Series 7 Chair is a ground-breaking design from 1955. Its designer Arne Jacobsen is celebrated widely in architecture and design circles for his immeasurable contribution to the modern design industry. Fritz Hansen produces Series 7 Chair today using simple tools, quality materials and time-honoured techniques.
One of the most iconic stackable chair in design history, it has become a style icon and is seen by many as one of the finest examples of timeless design. It has remained popular for six decades – a period of profound changes in technology, culture and lifestyle. Series 7 has now reached its 60th anniversary and is still in perfect shape to continue its journey towards new generations with new demands and new standards for design.
The chair, along with the Jacobsen’s Ant chair, was, according to Jacobsen himself, inspired by a chair made by the husband and wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames.
The chair comes with a number of different undercarriages – both as a regular four-legged chair, an office chair with five wheels and as a barstool. It comes with armrests, a writing-table attached, and different forms of upholstering. To some extent, these additions mar the simple aesthetics of the chair, while contributing practical elements.
The chair is widely believed to have been used in Lewis Morley’s iconic photograph of Christine Keeler; however, the chair used in this photograph was in fact an imitation and not the original Jacobsen model. After the publishing of the pictures sales rose dramatically. Numerous images in print media have been made with a celebrity mimicking the pose, notably David Frost and a pop single cover of the Spice Girls.