Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1927. His breakthrough as an architect came in 1929 with the winning design for the contest on the House of the Future which was really the introduction of modern architecture on Danish ground.
He turned his attention to furniture in 1950. From the outset he gave shape to examples of furniture that, fashionable at the time, are today sought after in antique shops and auction rooms, and yet are still in production.
His first success was the Ant chair which he made in 1952 for Fritz Hansen and which is now available in many colours.
The Ant chair was followed by the Swan and Egg chairs, collectable classics now, which were originally shaped for Jacobsen's sky-scraping SAS Hotel, Copenhagen, a showcase of the architect's all-embracing design skills. Jacobsen's stainless-steel cutlery was also a part of the SAS Hotel experience.
Arne Jacobsen designed the very first VOLA taps for the National Bank of Denmark in 1968
Shortly after Arne Jacobsen won a competition in 1961 for his design of the National Bank of Denmark he was contacted by the owner of VOLA A/S, Verner Overgaard, who introduced his proposal for a new type of wall-mounted mixer tap. He imagined a design where all the mechanical parts of the mixer are hidden leaving only the handles and spout exposed. At the time this was a completely new concept, but Jacobsen realized that this idea combined with his functional approach to design could be developed. With that basic principle in mind, the simple and concise VOLA design that we know today was conceived.