Monsieur Robot – Peter Jensen & Arne Jacobsen

One of my enduring memories of Douglas Coupland’s book “Miss Wyoming” is how the protagonist goes about hiring assistants:

“What I normally do is put ads in the paper advertising Eames furniture at ridiculously low prices.” “That’s that 1950’s stuff, isn’t it?” asked Cindy. “Bingo. It’s this furniture designed for poor people, but poor people never liked it, and the only people who know about it or care about it are rich or smart. So anybody who answers that ad really quickly is de facto smart, alert, greedy and hip.”

The furniture of the 1950’s remains as modern looking today as it did when originally conceived; the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton, Marcel Breuer and Arne Jacobsen continues to influence design of all types. For Peter Jensen‘s new collection it was Arne Jacobsen and his triptych of iconic chairs: the Egg, the Swan and the Ant, that proved inspiration for his Pre-Fall collection. You might think clothes inspired by furniture is a strange concept but chairs utilise fabric, structure and shape the same as any garment does. Architectural aspects of furniture design and the organic lines of Jacobsen’s chairs are easily re-aproppriated for the world of fashion. After all let’s not forget that Raf Simons was a furniture designer before moving to the world of fashion, with no specific fashion design training. But Jensen’s collection goes beyond the furniture to invoke Jacobsen’s own personal sartorial sensibility, replete with bow ties and pipes. Comparing the chairs to the collection makes for an interesting exploration on the evolution of design over the past 70 years. 

Traduction – La nouvelle collection de Peter Jensen est inspirée de la trilogie de chaises de Arne Jacobsen: l’oeuf, la fourmi et le cygne. 

Arne Jacobsen

The Egg Chair (1958)

The Ant Chair (1952)

The Swan Chair (1958)

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