Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen
relaunched by Howe

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Product news: Danish furniture brand Howe has relaunched Arne Jacobsen's classic Tongue chair, which was designed in 1955.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

Howe has replicated the exact appearance of the original design and reproduced it using contemporary manufacturing techniques to address stability and durability concerns.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

Jacobsen designed the chair for the Munkegård School in his native Denmark, but it was not produced commercially until the late 1980s and was withdrawn after just a few years.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

Tongue was the second chair designed by Jacobsen, shortly after his famous Ant chair, but it never achieved the same widespread distribution as many of his other furniture designs.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

It was used in the rooms of Jacobsen's famous SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, for which a modified bar stool version was also produced.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

The relaunched Tongue chair is available in several veneers or with fabric or leather upholstery. Legs are chrome or powder-coated steel.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

Last summer, Arne Jacobsen's iconic Ant chair was reinterpreted by designers and artists including Paul Smith, Quentin Blake, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Tracey Emin and the results auctioned to raise money for Jamie Oliver's Better Food Foundation. Paul Smith has also reworked Jacobsen's Cylinda Line coffee pots, adding signature brightly-coloured handles.

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We fell truly, madly in love with the Tongue chair

The company struck by love is HOWE a/s, who relaunched the cutely named chair at this year’s fair in Milan. The Tongue was designed in 1955 by the renowned Arne Jacobsen, but it has not been in production for several years. Now HOWE a/s can proudly say that a Danish design classic has returned.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

Arne Jacobsen is one of the most famous and most loveable Danish architects and designers. Known for marvellous architectural works, legendary furniture designs, and versatile industrial designs, Arne Jacobsen has truly left his mark on the international world of design and architecture.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

The Tongue chair is a classic Arne Jacobsen design. It has the immediately recognisable characteristics of the organic wave-form in the seat; complemented with highly sculptural, splayed legs. And with the addition of modern construction techniques for additional strength, HOWE has ensured that the chair keeps its lovely curved, sculptural form perfectly in place.

Tongue chair by Arne Jacobsen relaunched by Howe

The Tongue chair is available in beech, oak and walnut veneers as well as in stained veneer in black, white and teak. The Tongue is also available in full upholstery in both fabrics and leather – the colour palette ranges from light pink to cognac. The legs come in chrome or in black or white powder coating. The price begins at €486.

  • serge

    Love Arne Jacobsen most of the time, but this chair should be called “The Stumble”. I would not be able to walk in that room without dragging all the chairs with me. My bad, maybe.

  • christianbachsteffensen

    This chair pales in comparison to Elon Musk´s hyperloop idea (strange comparison, I know). The chair is, undoubtedly, beautiful but lacks vision and purpose. In his heyday Arne Jacobsen was a visionary who explored new materials, pushed construction techniques and tried to improve ergonomics, with the manufacturer of course.

    I wish furniture manufacturers would aim at exploring these limits instead of nostalgically repeating the past.