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Not going to work on an Egg

Posted Sep 07 2012 7:18am

I invite you to take a moment to look at this lovely chair!

Egg chair

It's called an Egg chair and was designed in 1958 by the brilliant furniture designer, Arne Jacobsen. This Danish iconic masterpiece was originally created for the Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen – the first skyscraper in Denmark. The Egg was designed in typical Jacobsen style, using state-of-the-art materials.

Despite its instantly appealing lightness and sculptural qualities and despite its being designed for more formal work/public space environments, with its expertly designed ergonomic lines and subtle use of space, it stands proudly (but with no sense of  'flash') in any room. 

It is also fantastically comfortable. It both supports the back marvellously and gently wraps around, embracing the body to provide the lightest snugness. And, oh! – childlike pleasure – it swivels! I am one of a devout following of contemporary-design lovers lucky enough to own one. It is where I always chose to sit. 

Now then. Given that I might end up in a care home, here’s what I might end up sitting in, in an environment that does nothing to acknowledge a contemporary design aesthetic... that does not provide proper support for hips or back... that makes bottoms sweat because of the materials it is made from (I could go on and on). But crucially, a chair that makes me feel like I'm visiting my Gran.

And by the way, my Gran was born in 1879. Yes. Really.

Queen Anne chair

Thank you again Andy Bradley at Frameworks for Change for suggesting I write this. It feels good!

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