Who designed the Ovalia Egg Chair?
Henrik Thor-Larsen’s Ovalia Egg chair is a curious, oval-shaped refuge in design. While other prominent designer’s such as Arne Jacobsen have taken inspiration from the egg shape to create interiors, it was Henrik Thor-Larsen who came up with the Ovalia Egg chair, which is distinctly oval:
There are quite a few varieties in this category. The more elongated “Egg” or “Pod” chair was originally designed by Thor Larsen and dubbed the “Ovalia chair”: the original. -Fritz Hansen
Symbolically the egg represents fertility, therefore a chair in the style of an egg will conjure up a sense of warmth, inviting you in to take on the fetal form and fall into a deep slumber. Therefore, Thor-Larsen was nothing short of genius in coming up with this protective cushion-soft pod that will envelop you in comfort and appeal to your primal instincts.
With winter drawing in the Ovalia Egg chair is the perfect antidote to sub-zero temperatures and imposing dark days. In the Ovalia egg chair you can retreat to your own world with a book and a tea in hand, or just your thoughts and while away the evenings until spring starts to blossom, or at least until it is time for bed!
The pods idiosyncratic design has ensured it received international fame through its cameo roles in films that include Dazed and Confused (1993), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Men in Black II (2002) and in the American television series Mork and Mindy (1978-1982). One admirer of the chair even commented that he could not understand why the Ovalia Egg chair was not more ‘ubiquitous’ as it is fundamentally human and should appeal to our basic instincts: to seek out a safe sanctuary.
The Ovalia Egg chair is not the only chair that envelops the sitter. Eero Aarnio a Finnish designer created the Ball Chair in 1963 and the Bubble Chair in 1968, see below:
About Henrik Thor-Larsen:
Frustratingly little can be found about the designer Henrik Thor-Larsen, perhaps because Eero Aarnio created the bubble chair the same year Thor-Larsen designed the Ovalia-the year was 1968. Nor did the Ovalia Egg chair receive a mention in the book, ‘Chairs, 20th century classics (2012) by Fletcher Sibthorp and Scala Quin. What we do know is that Henrik Thor-Larsen was born in Roskilde, Denmark in 1932. He trained for four-years to become a graphic designer. Thor-Larsen was ‘discovered by Saab for whom he designed luxury car seat’s. He then turned his attention to interior design and in 1968 came up with the Ovalia Egg chair.Every authetic chair comes with a Sterling silver medallion and signed by the designer.
We sell a replica of the beautiful Ovalia Chair on our website, what better way to spend the winter months than in one of these?!