Reviewer: Collier Sutter, contributing author
Design tested: Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
The information: Arne Jacobsen built “the Egg” in 1958, as aspect of a fee for the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) Royal Copenhagen Hotel in Denmark. The Danish architect meticulously developed all the things to be involved in the room, from the doorknobs and silver cutlery in the cafe to the lobby, which was peppered with Egg chairs. Additional than 60 yrs afterwards, the Egg is manufactured in Poland by the primary manufacturer, Fritz Hansen, and their team of competent craftspeople. To this working day, you can even now find an original Egg in its customized seafoam upholstery on show at the SAS Royal, wherever a visitor place of Arne’s exacting design–room 606–remains in pristine ailment. There is no doubt this chair is a classic—and there’s a cause this modern-day just take on the traditional wing chair has cropped up just about in all places in Scandinavian design and beyond.
Sit test: Is it at ease?
When originally unboxing this piece, I was pretty apprehensive it might be unpleasant to sit on for much more than a Netflix episode, regardless of its killer visual presence. But immediately after investing that initially afternoon with it—just my Egg chair and me—I felt practically nothing but sturdy support to back again me up though lounging for several hours. I surely will not be taking any prolonged naps in this chair, but every single time I retreat to my living room, the winged lounge chair is however shockingly inviting to nestle into with a cup of tea in hand or to curl up into with a fantastic reserve.
To set its comfort level into context, Arne crafted this chair at first for a commercial resort lobby—and that interprets though at home with it. When I would individually opt for some thing far more soft to collapse into immediately after a extended working day, the chair delivers fantastic guidance, and its firmness could be just what you are wanting for.
Is it sturdy and functional in a modern-day house?
The cleverly made chair feels definitely long lasting, many thanks to advancements made to the production procedure in excess of time–originally, the chair weighed about 17 kilos but was current to incorporate a tilt system and quite a few subtle characteristics that extra compound. Now, it comes in nearer to 42 kilos. It has an inner shell made of polyurethane foam, which is then padded with more foam and an outer layer of fabric. The cradling seat is related to an aluminum star swivel foundation that does not wobble as you swivel 360 degrees around or tilt back again by 45 degrees for its reclining feature. My chair arrived upholstered in its most sturdy material choice, a textured flamiber upholstery (a wool, cotton, and acrylic mix), which has the means to be spot-cleaned.
On the other hand, I would not go as much as to welcome animals and little ones up on the Egg on the normal. There was a stain on the armrest that was complicated to nix, although ultimately I was capable to take away it just after numerous passes. Muddy paws? Fantastic luck! All in all nevertheless, the chair feels sturdy at its core. Just after a several (study: many) nights observing The Sopranos episodes in this chair, its condition has held up perfectly, without sagging or starting to be unshapely. And it is value stating that an eye-catching accent chair isn’t automatically built for spouse and children-helpful kicking back again.