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Design Classic Arne Jacobsen Chairs Get a Fresh New Colour Palette

A Sense of Colour

Fritz Hansen have enlisted Italian curator Carla Sozzani to create a new colour palette for Arne Jacobsen’s iconic dining chairs and you can purchase them right here at Utility.

Danish interior powerhouse Fritz Hansen have joined forces with gallerist and design curator Carla Sozzani to present "A Sense of Colour", a monochromatic update to three of Arne Jacobsen's most iconic dining chairs; Series 7™, Ant™ and Grand Prix™.

The plywood designs have been in constant production since the 1950s and have endured timeless appeal due to their delicate silhouettes and stackable construction. Fritz Hansen have taken great care in updating these classics with a contemporary new colour palette and in doing so have, as always, continued to honour the legacy of one of Denmark's most-loved designers.

"One of the primary goals were (sic) to create a collection united by a warm tone, a red thread so to speak" - Christian Andresen

Through early workshops at her Paris studio, Carla Sozzani and Fritz Hansen's Head of Design Christian Andresen were able to narrow down and refine the 16-colour-strong palette. Each colour has a splash of red that results in a warm and sophisticated collection of colours for a fully flexible seating family.

The care and attention put into this palette is clear when listening to Sozzani explain her process :

"I imagined what Mr. Jacobsen might have thought when he made his first palette [for the Series 7 chair] in 1955. Perhaps, as the North and South Poles are always in relationship, he also explored this relation between the light and the darkness,’ ponders Sozzani. ‘Because both Italy and Denmark are bound by our relationship to the sea, the colours and influences of the objects of the sea – shells and seaweeds; small sea creatures, and the sands along the beaches – offered naturally a spectrum of colour possibilities to explore".

"From the dark green and blue of shifting waves and sky, to the pinks and ochres of small shells and a fading seashore in twilight, the palette came naturally as I explored the essence of daylight and its partner: night, to capture the essence of our shared colour harmonies".

Exploring The Colours

The new palette is composed of 16 new colours on lacquered and coloured ash, selected for three iconic and beloved Arne Jacobsen designs: Ant™, Series 7™ and Grand Prix™. 

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