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Arne Jacobsen's Drop chair reintroduced by Republic of Fritz Hansen

Milan 2014: Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen will revive the 1958 Drop chair designed by Modernist architect Arne Jacobsen in Milan next week (+ slideshow).

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The Drop chair was originally produced alongside the archetypal Swan and Egg chairs for the interior of the Radisson Scandinavian Airlines System Hotel in Copenhagen, designed by Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen in the 1950s.

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The tear-shaped chairs were produced exclusively in a limited edition for the hotel's bar and lobby.

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"Confronted with a synthetic material that lacked any structure or suggested any form, Jacobsen took his inspiration from the human form and the contours of the body," said architect, author and Arne Jacobsen expert Michael Sheridan.

"In this way, he humanised technology and the Drop chair for the Royal Hotel represents a masterful intersection of art and industry."

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This version of the Drop chair has been updated using new production methods and materials.

The chair comes in plastic in black, white, blue, grey, red and yellow. The plastic versions are available with either chrome or powder-coated legs in matching colours. The seat is available with textile or leather upholstery.

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The chair will be exhibited at the Republic of Fritz Hansen's showroom at Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 77 in Milan from Tuesday next week.

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Other Danish Modernist chairs that have recently been launched include Hans J. Wegner's CH88 design, revived by Carl Hansen & Son.

British fashion designer Paul Smith has used his signature stripes on upholstery for chairs by Wegner, which will also be shown in Milan.