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The Center of New Industries and Technologies (better known as the CNIT), 1958, was one of the first buildings built in La Défense in Paris, France. Now surrounded by the tallest buildings in Paris, the architects were Robert Edouard Camelot, Jean de Mailly, Bernard Zehrfuss accompanied by the engineer Jean Prouvé for the exterior. The structural engineer for the concrete shell was Nicolas Esquillan.

Severance Hall has undergone many changes over the years, but some of the most noticeable are alterations to the stage and acoustical shell. When the hall was first built, acoustic technology and knowledge was not as advanced as it is today. The original shell (above left) imitated the shells of European orchestras. When George Szell became conductor of the orchestra in 1958, he led a renovation of the stage that created a new shell in the Danish Modern style (above right). The ‘Szell Shell’…

The Swan Chair (j) In 1958 the Swan was a technologically innovative chair. No straight lines - only curves. A moulded shell of synthetic material on an aluminium star swivel base. A layer of cold foam covers the shell, and fabric of leather in a wide range of colours is added.

The Swan Chair In 1958 the Swan was a technologically innovative chair. No straight lines - only curves. This chair consists of a molded shell of synthetic material on an aluminium star swivel base. A layer of foam covers the shell, then covered in leather which is available in a wide range of colours. The Swan, Egg and Swan sofa were designed in 1958 for the lobby and lounge areas in the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.

Arne Jacobsen designed The Swan™ as well as the Egg™ for the lobby and lounge areas at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, in 1958. In 1958 the Swan was a technologically innovative chair: No straight lines - only curves. A moulded shell of synthetic material on an aluminium star swivel base, with a layer of cold foam covering the shell upholstered in fabric or leather

Before the Swan Sofa (1958), Arne Jacobsen’s architecture and designs were shaped by an assumption of materials’ natural ways of resisting. In other words, he could make them go only so far in becoming the structures he desired. With new technologies, however, the old rules no longer applied, and he was able to shape fluid curves and single-piece molded shells. The Swan Sofa is now made from polyurethane foam, but at the time, Jacobsen used Styropore® to create its continuous shape. Designed…

Swan Chair,1958, by Arne Jacobsen, (1902- 1971, Denmark). Jacobsen designed The Swan as well as the Egg for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. In 1958 the Swan was a technologically innovative chair: No straight lines - only curves. A molded shell of synthetic material on an aluminium star swivel base, with a layer of cold foam covering the shell upholstered in fabric or leather. These two original designer chairs originated in Jacobsen’s own garage in his home in Klampenborg, north of…

Before the Swan Chair (1958), Arne Jacobsen's architecture and designs were shaped by an assumption of materials' natural ways of resisting. In other words, he could make them go only so far in becoming the structure he desired. With new technologies, however, the old rules no longer applied and he was able to shape fluid curves and single-piece molded shells. The Swan Chair is now made from polyurethane foam, but at the time, Jacobsen used Styropore® to create its continuous shape. Designed…

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