On This Day in 1902

Modernist Architect and Designer Arne Jacobsen is Born

Referencing the work of legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley, photographer Leandro Farina plays musical chairs with Jacobsen’s iconic Series 7 in this kaleidoscopic short. “I wanted to capture the precision and symmetry that characterizes Busby’s work and the slender, uncomplicated shape of the Series 7 chair was just right for that,” says Ferina, whose still lifes have featured in Wallpaper*, GQ and British Vogue. A prolific figure in the Danish modernist movement, Jacobsen is known as much for his minimalist, cubic architecture as for his furniture design. Introduced in 1955, the Series 7 went on to become one of the most  recognizable silhouettes of mid-century modernism, and this month it is relaunched in a selection of original colors and wooden veneers by its Danish producer, Fritz Hansen. “It is simple, elegant and inoffensive, yet also daring in its shape which has allowed it to transition from being very much a 50s chair, to being completely timeless,” explains Jana Scholze, Curator of Modern Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, “it’s something the eye never gets tired of."

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  • max4248
    Love the dancing chairs and have always loved Jacobsen's designs.
    • Posted By max4248
    • February 16, 2012 at 5:36AM
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