Design Classic: The Egg Chair


Design Classic: The Egg Chair
Celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, the egg chair is the work by designer Arne Jacobsen who originally made it for the lobby of the Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. This modern and striking seat is a familiar piece of furniture that is regularly used in advertising, films and television as a symbol of sophisticated living. It is a uniquely designed chair that is padded with cold foam and can be found with both fabric and leather covering resting on a star-shaped aluminum base. A quality of the chair allows it to tilt and swivel which makes for ease of movement and relaxed lounging. Fritz Hansen has been designing and manufacturing the egg chair since first produced in the 50s and recently produced a limited number of special edition anniversary chairs containing unique features in order to celebrate this modernist design.

How to spot an original

  • It has a molded fiberglass frame and is padded with multi density polyurethane foam, while the 4 star base of the chair is constructed of cast aluminium and plastic gliders protect the floor.
  • It will have a tilt lever mechanism and adjusts according to the weight of the person sitting on it.
  • The shell is created containing polyurethane foam and glass fibre reinforcement.
  • The dimensions of the egg chair are (W)86cm x (D)79cm x (H)107 cm
  • 1,300 stitches are used to add the upholstery
  • The limited edition has a hand-polished solid bronze base with each individually engraved under the seat cushion.

Where to buy

  • Original
    Lost Weekend is the sole distributor for Fritz Hansen in Ireland. Prices are from €4,425 in fabric to €10,500 for elegance hide.
    You can find Lost Weekend at Trimmers Lane, Selskar, Wexford. Tel: 053 918 0090 or check out their website
  • Vintage
    Wildchild recently sold a vintage Fritz Hansen model in fabric for €3,500 and is currently looking for vintage leather models. They are located on 10/11 Greenmount Avenue, Harolds Cross, Dublin 12. Tel: 087 238 6143, website,
  • The Budget Option
    If you are determined to buy this style of chair but want to keep cost down then a reproduction piece is for you. These vary greatly in quality and you will have to be your own judge that you are getting your moneys worth. Keep in mind that reproductions will depreciate in value unlike the licensed products. We’ve found a number of Irish dealers who sell this type of design. 

    1. Design Classics Direct, €1,650. Website: www.designclassicsdirect. Tel: 1890 252 104
    2. Diamond Living, €749, Available in cream or brown. Tel: 01 890 7079. Website:
    3. Choose a Chair, €599 while stocks last, Website:

Source: House & Home Magazine

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