BRING BACK BOLD
To make any lounge setting superior - in a private home or a corporate office - we introduce Oksen™ by Arne Jacobsen. Unlike many of Arne Jacobsen's other designs, Oksen was not designed for a specific architectural project. It was a product of years of experimenting by Arne Jacobsen. The chair was considered quite rare among critics due to its short original production period as well as its controversial yet powerful expression. The voluminous Oksen represents edge and personality and like its predecessor - the Egg™ - it inhabits a room like no one else.
It took Arne Jacobsen nothing less than five years to develop the Oksen design. In contrast to many of his earlier pieces that are characterised by rounded, organic shapes, this easy chair has a much sharper outline. Arne Jacobsen always wanted to surprise the public and Oksen was a project he repeatedly returned to with many variations in the years 1962- 66 before it finally took shape in 1966. Indeed it can be defined as the largest and most distinctive chair that Arne Jacobsen ever designed.
The chair is both distinctive and definite in its language, and the inspiration is clearly the American recliner type that Jacobsen had seen in the United States. In addition, it can be seen as a counter reaction to the perception of Jacobsen as a designer who previously worked with a soft sculptural form. Oksen is also sculptural but in a completely different tight form and designed in a style that is in line between the soft royal furniture and the tighter Oxford™ furniture in Fritz Hansen's collection.
- Aluminum Base
- Overall Height: 115 cm / 45.2Inch
- Seat Height: 43 cm / 17 Inch
- Arm Height: 58 cm / 22.8 Inch
- Width: 101 cm / 39.8 Inch
- Depth: 87 cm / 34.3 Inch
- Standard warranty: 5 years
Fritz Hansen was established in 1872 by the visionary cabinetmaker of the same name. Since then, Fritz Hansen has become a natural part of both Danish and international design history. Today, it is an exclusive and international design brand. The history of Fritz Hansen is characterized by stupendous craftsmanship, unique design and an inherent sense of premium quality. Leading architects and furniture designers from all over the world have regularly contributed to the collection with beautifully shaped and functional furniture that seamlessly meet through the use of innovative techniques and new materials. Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Piet Hein, Vico Magistretti, Burkhard Vogtherr, Piero Lissoni, Kasper Salto and Morten Voss – the stellar string of designers is long and the list of furniture of classic and iconic fame is even longer.
Their design philosophy inspires the creation of new, simple, sculptural and original furniture that is timeless and relevant in time. This furniture is for modern city dwellers and international businesses with a confident taste for elegance and underplayed luxury and the desire to strengthen their identity and image. People who wish to make a statement, which is entirely their own.
Fritz Hansen Oksen Lounge Chair Designed by:
- Arne Jacobsen , 1966
Denmark, 1902 - 1971
“The fundamental factor is proportion. Proportion is precisely what makes the old Greek temples beautiful...And when we look at some of the most admired buildings of the Renaissance or the Baroque, we notice that they are all well proportioned. That is the essential thing.” - Arne Jacobsen
As an architect and an industrial designer, Jacobsen always strove to achieve grace and coherence. In the process, he emerged as the single most influential Danish architect of the 20th century and the designer of such modernist classics as the Swan, Egg and Ant chairs as well as the stainless steel, abstract-shaped cutlery which the director Stanley Kubrick chose as futuristic props for his film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Born in Copenhagen in 1902, Arne Jacobsen studied architecture at the Royal Academy of the Arts. As a student, Jacobsen travelled to Paris for the groundbreaking 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, where he won a silver medal for a chair design. Architectural commissions dwindled during World War II and being Jewish, Jacobsen was threatened by the Nazi occupation of Denmark. In 1943, he left Denmark for two years of wartime exile in Sweden, where he was inspired by Scandinavia’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. When he returned to Denmark in 1945, the country urgently needed new housing and public buildings. Jacobsen’s late 1940s houses and apartment blocks were fairly spartan in design and intended to be built at speed.
During the 1950s, Jacobsen became increasingly interested in product design inspired by the work of the US furniture designers, Charles and Ray Eames. In 1951, Jacobsen completed work on the Ant Chair, an intricately molded plywood seat on three thin steel legs. This was followed by the simpler hourglass form of the 1955 Model 3107 - Series 7 Chair. Like the Ant, the Series 7 was perfect for modern living being light, compact and easily stackable. In 1957 Jacobsen also created another pair of classic 20th century chairs, the Swan and the Egg, with organically shaped upholstered seats on slender metal bases.
Jacobsen was responsible for another 20th century classic, the Cylinda Line stainless steel cocktail kit and tableware, which he designed, in the late 1960s for Stelton.