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Oxford classic armchair

By Fritz Hansen


  • Description

    The original version of the Oxford™ chair was designed for the professors at St. Catherine's College in Oxford, in 1963. When the Dean of St. Catherine's College chose Arne Jacobsen to build the college, he was also commissioned to design the surrounding landscape and a furniture series for the college. The chair's extra tall back served as a symbol of prestige and created a space of its own. The "professor's chair" later evolved into the Oxford series. In spite of initial protests and uproar over the commission of a foreign modernist, Arne Jacobsen received an honorary doctorate from Oxford, upon completion of the project. This groundbreaking example of total design is, today, considered Arne Jacobsen's most outstanding work. When the Oxford chair was introduced in 1965, it came with both toes and wheels. It was launched with shephard wheels, which later was replaced by Kevi wheels.

  • Technical Info

    Low back (Model 3271): W:60 x D:57 x H:90cm (Seat height: 47.5cm)
    Medium high back (Model 3273): W:60 x D:60 x H:104cm (Seat height: 47.5cm)
    High back (Model 3272): W:60 x D:60 x H:129cm (Seat height: 47.5cm)

    Fully upholstered with aluminium arms.
    Base: 5 star swivel with fixed height. (Chairs with fixed height have a spring function)
    Base material: satin polished aluminium.

    The shells are made of laminated moulded sliced veneer.

  • Designer
    Arne Jacobsen

    Trained as an architect in Copenhagen, Jacobsen took up the profession already in the 1920s. His most famous buildings include Arhus Town Hall in Denmark, the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and St Catherine's College in Oxford England. His experiments into plywood resulted in the Ant chair in 1952 and the 3107 in 1955 (also known as the Seven chair), both manufactured by Fritz Hansen.

    The work on the SAS Royal Hotel resulted in some of his most outstanding designs, including the Egg and Swan chairs, a stainless steel cutlery set now made by silver manufacturer Georg Jensen and a series of lamps, manufactured by Louis Poulsen. In 1967 he designed a series of stainless steel tableware for Stelton. A perfectionist and a master of detail, Jacobsen worked right up to his death in 1971. In central London, his Royal Danish Embassy on Sloane Street was completed only in 1977.

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    • Basic leather black
    • Divina red 623
    • Tonus black 128

  • Delivery

    7-8 weeks
    Made to order item

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