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226/2003-1

Collection

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Brief description

'Series 7' chair with a green bent plywood seat and a tubular chromed steel frame, originally designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen Ltd in Denmark in 1991. This chair is one of a set of six purchased by the museum from the estate of the late Christopher Zelley-Beattie and there is an associated Documenting Homes collection (see 26/2009).

Title

Series 7
3107

Object name

chair

Object number

226/2003-1

Production person

Arne Jacobsen (designer)

Production organisation

Fritz Hansen Ltd (manufacturer)

Production date

1991 (manufactured)
1955 (designed)

Production place

Allerod (manufactured)
Copenhagen (manufactured)

Period

Twentieth century (1900-1999)

Material

plywood
steel
rubber

Technique

moulded
veneered
laminated
bent

Physical description

This chair has legs of bent tubular mirrored chromed steel, terminating in rubber-capped feet. Fixed to these legs is a piece of plywood painted green, bent to form the seat and backrest. The plywood is formed of nine layers of moulded veneer and two layers of cotton textile between the veneered layers which is then laminated. There is a paper label stuck to the underside of the seat.

Dimensions

Height: 77cm
Width: 51cm
Depth: 49cm

Website keywords

furniture
seating
dining furniture

Object history note

This is a Model 3107- Series 7 chair originally designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Ltd in 1955. The Series 7 which is light, compact and stackable is one of the most commercially successful chair designs of the Twentieth century.The chairs have been produced in huge numbers and are commonplace in homes and offices as well as in museums and exhibitions.

This chair is one of a set of six Arne Jacobsen designed Series 7 chairs which were purchased by the museum from the estate of the late Christopher Zelley-Beattie, along with a 'superellipse' table, designed by Piet Hein and Bruno Mathsson, object number 225/2003 and a Rover chair, designed by Rod Arad, object number 300/2001. There is a Documenting Homes collection associated with this chair, object number 26/2009, which contains photographs of this object in situ in the home of the late Christopher Zelley-Beattie, 16K Mowbray Rd, Kilburn, London, NW6.

Label

Caption for Exploring 20th Century London website:
This chair was originally owned by a young advertising executive who lived in a small townhouse in Kilburn in the 1990s. The chair is one of a set of six, all of different colours, which were used as dining chairs with a large white table in his open-plan living space. The room was furnished with other twentieth-century design classics such as the Rover chair designed by Ron Arad and a white plastic sofa by the Italian firm Archizoom. This is a 'Series 7' chair which was originally designed in 1955 by the well-known Danish designer Arne Jacobsen and was made from teak-faced plywood. The brightly coloured finishes are a later innovation. The 'Series 7' is one of the most successful designs of the twentieth century with more than 5 million having been manufactured.
 
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