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Sarah Maisey's love for Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair

Each month a member of the InsideOut team chooses their favourite iconic design. In May it’s the Egg chair

By Charlotte Butterfield
Added 11:58 | May 20, 2013
  • Stylist Sarah Maisey loves the soft curves and enveloping shape of Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair.

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  • The Egg chair is sold through Fritz Hansen and can be ordered locally in Dubai at Ikon House,, prices starting from Dh23,950

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My father collects designer furniture that, as a child, 
I scrambled on with all the irreverence a six-year-old can muster. Although the house was full of amazing things, it was always the curved, inviting bucket-seat Egg chair that drew me in. I would spend hours curled up, secure in its protective form, spinning around, surveying the world.

High design is often austere, intimidating and slightly unfathomable, but not the Egg. This is a unique mix of clinical design and soft, comforting, sweeping lines that curve up, around and above you when you sit in it.

‘Design classic’ is an overused phrase. However, Danish designer Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair is a rare breed that actually earns the title. Although it is over 50 years old, it still looks as fresh as the day it first appeared in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. Its strange, slightly odd shape captures the imagination and is a joy to sit in. It’s chicken soup for the design soul.

By Charlotte Butterfield

By Charlotte Butterfield