Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen (1902–1971) was an architect and designer, well known for his contributions to the Functionalist movement. Born in Copenhagen, Jacobsen attended the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. While in school, Jacobsen submitted a chair design to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, and was awarded a silver medal. Among his early influences were Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius.   

After briefly working in the architecture firm of Poul Holsøe, Jacobsen, in collaboration with fellow architect Flemming Lassen, won the House of the Future award from the Danish Architect’s Association. This success enabled him to open his own practice in 1929. Over the next several years, Jacobsen created numerous structures in the International Modern Style, and subscribed to the idea of "total design," creating everything from the furniture and fittings to the uniforms of the building’s employees.