The sleeker version of its predecessor, the Ant Chair, the Series 7 (both made by Fritz Hansen) represents the pinnacle of the lamination technique. Designed in 1955, the pressure-moulded seat is created with nine layers of veneer, with a shape made to cradle the body.

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Why We Love It

The idea was to improve on the textbook cafeteria chair, making it stackable and beautiful. The Series 7 achieved this with its light chrome base and single unified seat. With its iconic waist and simple, minimalist design, it has become one of the most recognised – and replicated – chairs. Nearly six decades on, it now comes in a variety of colours and nine different types of wood.

Who Designed It

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), famous for his modernist designs, started out as an apprentice bricklayer before earning a place at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen to study architecture. His other celebrated works include the Bellavista apartment blocks in Bellevue, Klampenborg, as well as the Ant and Series 7 chairs. While Jacobsen was first and foremost an architect, in many of his projects, he branched out designing furniture and other fixtures, which most would know him for eventually.

What It Inspired

The Series 7 paved the way for the introduction of the Egg and Swan chairs. Jacobsen, who was commissioned to design the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1956, developed a new technique where he used a foam inner shell underneath the upholstery to cocoon the moulded shell of the frame. Just like the Series 7, the Egg and the Swan were devoid of straight lines; it only had curves.

The Series 7 is available at Space Furniture.