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Ant chair

Ant chair

Ant chair, Arne Jacobsen 1952

A canteen of a Danish pharmaceutical company may sound as sterile as a hospital syringe, but it was the home of one of the most influential objects of the 20th Century. Arne Jacobsen’s Ant Chair was named for its similarity to the outline of an ant with its head raised, and designed to be light, stable and easy to stack up.

The original model had three plastic legs and a seat made from form-moulded laminated veneer. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen, the plastic legs were later replaced by tubular steel, and a version with four legs was also made.

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