Skip to content

Swan Chair


Arne Jacobsen

Swan Chair


Arne Jacobsen
Swan Chair in Red Front View
Arne Jacobsen championed technological advances in furniture making through his innovative design and quest for perfection in the Swan Chair. This was one of the first chairs to be made using molded foam, an integral factor in creating its infinitely pleasing sweeping curves, unmarred by straight lines. Once unveiled, it became an overnight sensation and it has not been out of production in the sixty years since. 

“The primary factor is proportions.”

Arne Jacobsen
Swan Chair in Red Front View

The Swan chair was designed, along with the Swan Sofa and Egg Chair, for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Jacobson built the original in his garage. 

Jacobsen wanted to design feminine, sculptural shapes in contrast to the Hotel’s rigid lines. The Swan chair blossoms like a flower, smooth and rounded like a bud. 

In 2008, 1958 limited edition Swan chairs were released in celebration of the chair’s 50-year anniversary. The number is a nod to the year in which it was first released. In 2018, special edition Swan chair was released in a warm natural coloured leather with a 23-karat gold-coated base. 

Share This Product

Classic Comfort

Layered polyurethane cushioning all around this curvilinear chair ensures supreme comfort and ergonomic lumbar support. The swivel mechanism provides a 360 degree turning circle.

Quality and Craftsmanship
The fibreglass shell is shaped and padded with porous polyurethane to lend shape to this iconic chair. The polyurethane padding is upholstered with the finest quality upholstery or top grain Italian leather. The 4-star base is moulded from durable and corrosion resistant injection aluminium, buffed to a smooth gleam.
Arne Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen in 1902. At first, Arne thought of becoming a painter but was dissuaded by his father, who advised him to pursue architecture – a more secure profession. He was inspired by the likes of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and eventually went on to win several design awards. Jacobsen fled Denmark during World War II because of his Jewish background, rowing a little boat to neighbouring Sweden. He returned to Denmark after the war, but it would take a few years to get his career back on track. Jacobsen’s repertoire includes everything from spoons to award-winning buildings, such as the Royal Hotel, for which he designed the Swan chair.
“The act of creation itself, is equally exhilarating whether one is working on a teaspoon or a national bank.”
Arne Jacobsen
Product Literature
The inner shell of the Swan chair is made from shaped fibreglass covered in polyurethane foam. A steel sheet is inserted to which the steel base will be attached. The shell is completely covered with polyurethane foam. It is then upholstered in the finest fabrics (for the fabric versions), or in the case of the leather versions, top-quality Italian leather.
Product Materials

Inner shell: Fiberglass reinforced polyurethane  

Chair upholstery: We offer a choice of top grain Italian leather, fine new wool, cashmere wool or velvet 

Cushioning: Polyurethane 

Base: Injection molded aluminum with black plastic ferrules 

Product Dimensions

Height: 77cm 

Width: 74cm 

Depth: 68cm 

Seat height40cm 

Arm rest height: 58cm 

Carrying weight: 120kg 


Weight as shipped: 19kg 

Care Instructions

Leather Occasionally remove dust from the leather with a damp, lint-free cloth. Small soiled spots can be gently removed with a  colourless eraser. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off with a little water. Once a year, the leather should be treated with a special leather care product, but never with any type of strong cleansing agent. Only use quality leather products which do not leave residue. Oily build-up on the leather makes it susceptible to bacteria, which can destroy the leather. Clean the stitching with a soft-bristle brush. 

Make sure that your leather furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. In addition, we recommend that leather surfaces are not permanently exposed to intense sunlight, because direct sunlight over an extended time period can diminish the quality of the leather. 

Leather can be treated occasionally with conditioners to keep it in its original state. Liquid spills should be blotted up immediately, not wiped. For daily cleaning, dust leather with a soft cloth. 


Fabric upholstery:  Regular cleaning is important in order to keep the  fabric  looking its best and will  prolong its life. Dust and dirt wear down the  fabric  and  also  reduce its  dirt-retardant properties. Vacuum frequently, ideally every  other  week, at half power. Wipe  the  fabric with a dry or moist  (but not soaking)  cloth. May also be vacuum cleaned with a soft brush.  Keep  fabric  away from direct sunlight and extreme heat.  

Stain removal: Act quickly. Remove any  liquids  with an absorbent napkin or cloth. Gently scrape away any  residue with a spoon.  Vacuum away any loose particles. Remove non-greasy stains by carefully dabbing with a lint-free cloth or sponge wrung out in warm water. Edge marks can be avoided by dabbing gently in circular motions towards the  centre  of the stain with a clean lint-free cloth. Remove greasy stains by using appropriate detergents or solvents.  Always  test stain-removal agents on an inconspicuous area first to see if there is any effect on the  fabric.  

Allow the fabric to  dry fully before  resuming  use.  Low-intensity  use of a  hairdryer  may  avoid  enduring  edge marks.  


Metal: Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. Dilute in the mild detergent in water so it is not too harsh on the metal. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Scrub the item with a soft toothbrush or a non-abrasive pad. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth. 

Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get notified about our latest listings, deals and advice