Lily™ An icon Lives On



Lily Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen

The Lily™ Chair was originally designed for the Danish National Bank.

The first model was 3108 from 1968, and the chair was introduced to the market with arms, model 3208, at the Danish Furniture Fair in 1970. The chair is made from laminated sliced veneer and is the result of an extremely complicated moulding process that ensures the perfect curves and the best comfort.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Lily™, the last chair Arne Jacobsen ever designed, Fritz Hansen have relaunched the original version in walnut veneer.

Visit our showroom to experience this special edition Lily Chair.


The shell is made of pressure moulded veneer - eight layers of inner veneer and two outer veneers, in the front and in the back of the shell.

The inner veneer is made from beech and the outer veneer is made from walnut. The base is made in chromed steel tubes.

Each anniversary chair will feature a special tag mounted underneath the chair.

 Lily Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971)

As a child growing up in Copenhagen, it’s said that Arne Jacobsen painted over the Victorian wallpaper in his bedroom. Young Arne didn’t cover his walls with typical childish drawings or paint the ornate wallpaper boyish blue – he decided to paint his room entirely white.
This decision may seem typical today, but in the early twentieth century white walls were not yet in fashion. From the very beginning, Arne Jacobsen was ahead of his time. 

For more than half of the twentieth century, Arne Jacobsen’s ideas shaped the landscape of Danish design, rippling out from Scandinavia to influence architects and designers around the world. He managed to direct projects ranging from complex buildings like Denmarks National Bank to detailed challenges as humble as a special teaspoon for his cutlery set, working with a relatively small studio staff driven by an unquenchable need to create. 

Jacobsen’s creative process centered on his strict consideration of detail. He brought his visions to life for patrons and builders with scrupulous, hand-painted watercolours. In any given year, Jacobsen managed to design what others might be happy to produce in five. 

Arne Jacobsen
Pictured: iconic designer, Arne Jacobsen and the Lily Chair first designed for the Danish National Bank


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