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Jacobsen Chairs Like the Eameses, Wegner compatriot Arne Jacobsen experimented with molding plywood into three-dimensional forms, and in 1952 he created the evocative Ant chair (pictured in this 1956 house in Washington state) for a company cafeteria. The architect-designer was so confident about his creation — a pinch-waisted single piece of veneered plywood attached to three legs — that he promised his skeptical Danish furniture manufacturer that he would buy every chair that didn’t sell. But Fritz Hansen never had to collect. Light, stackable and easy and cost-effective to make, the Ant chair has been in production ever since (though Hansen later added a fourth leg). Jacobsen then followed up with his similar Series 7, one of the most popular chairs ever.