Arne Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen in 1902 and is one of the most important designers and architects of Classical Modernism. He belongs to the design tradition of Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Bauhaus. His language of architecture is deeply rooted in Nordic tradition, and is orientated towards nature, crafts, clear language of form and a high degree of functionality. Together with the Danish architect Otto Weitling, he co-designed projects which rewrote the history of architecture.
He combined design and architecture like no other. When he was commissioned with the construction of the prestigious SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1960, he proved quite literally that he could design anything.
The artistic works of Arne Jacobsen are not limited to one genre or one material. His inexhaustible creativity resulted in a huge design portfolio. Furniture, utensils, textiles, posters, lamps and of course architecture – his body of work included the lot! His cool, straightforward minimalism still stands for the ‘ne plus ultra’ of modernity more than 50 years after his death.