With his focus on the simplicity of form and innovative function over trendiness, architect and designer Arne Jacobsen was a pillar of midcentury modern design, best remembered for his seminal contributions to the Functionalism movement of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. One of his best-known creations, the Ant from 1951, was inspired by a plywood chair by Charles Eames. Working with longtime collaborator Fritz Hansen, he further reduced Eames’ original design to a single, stackable piece of molded wood on tube legs, in a range of vivid colors, originally intended for a cafeteria. Two of his other classic designs, the sculptural Swan and Egg chairs from 1958. Throughout his long and prolific career, Jacobsen has been instrumental in both Scandinavian and Modern design, with his pieces being featured in popular cultural spheres and receiving distinctions such as the International Design Award from the American Institute of Interior Designers in 1968.