How was the iconic Egg Chair born?

Arne Jacobsen Egg

When the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) hired Arne Jacobsen to design the Royal Hotel in central Copenhagen, the Danish architect took a holistic approach: everything from the silverware in the restaurant to the airport shuttle would be his creation.

One of the most emblematic creations to emerge from the commission of five-star hotels?

An elliptical upholstered chair called Ægget or, as we know, The Egg.

Using polyurethane foam, Jacobsen carved an unusual cocoon shape that allowed passengers and guests to rotate and recline comfortably in the chair.

As the foam was extremely light, a chair weighs only about 8 kg.

Eggs were also easy for the hotel’s cleaning crew to move about.

61 years later this chair continues to be one of the most iconic pieces of design of the 20th Century.