University Museums

Title: Series 7 Chair
Name: Chair
Date: 1955-2000
Period: Mid Century Modern or Modern
Medium: Vernal green plywood and chrome
Country/Culture: Danish
Dimensions: 30 1/8 x 17 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (76.5 x 45.4 x 40.3 cm)
Classification: Furniture
Credit Line: Gift of Geitel Winakor. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2007.81
More Information
The Series 7 Chair debuted in 1955 at the H55 exhibition in Sweden, and the appeal of what remains one of the most copied chairs of the modern era is its shape. The chair is ideally suited to the human body, its seatback has a comfortable "give" and its waterfall seat edge doesn't press into legs. Arne Jacobsen, who was instilled with a love of materials, shaped the core of Danish design identity when he accommodated three different bends in one piece of plywood, simply by narrowing the chair back. Once made by hand, production is now automated and led by a team who ensure the authentic Series 7 is perfect every time.
(Adapted from Design within Reach website, 2009)

"I do not feel certain until I have confronted my initial solution with other solutions - although in fact the first solution often proves to be the right one."-Arne Jacobsen