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Arne Jacobsen, known first and foremost as an architect, created numerous iconic interior pieces throughout the course of his 45-year career. Described by those who knew and worked with him as 'meticulous' and a 'perfectionist', his pieces continue to appear in showrooms, offices and homes all over the world. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1902, it was with the advice of his family that he chose the more reliable path of architecture. As architectural commissions came in, he began extending his creative talent to furniture design. With the arrival of the Second World War, Jacobsen suspended his career and fled to neighbouring Sweden. When the war ended in 1945, he returned home to Copenhagen. Indeed, at this time Denmark was in urgent need of both housing and new public buildings. Designing the SAS Royal Hotel, however, was the commission that catapulted architect's career. It was for this commission that he designed the famous Egg Chair. Jacobsen went on to create numerous pieces, including the equally-famous Swan Chair and Sofa, as well as a range of lamps. He also famously took the young Hans J. Wegner under his wing. He died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1971, aged 69.