Danish architect Arne Jacobsen first trained as a Mason before studying architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen, graduating in 1927. Until 1930, he worked in the architectural office of Paul Holsoe before establishing his own studio which he headed until his death in 1971. Jacobsen worked independently as an architect, interior, furniture, textile and ceramics designer, he was professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, Copenhagen. His best known projects are St. Catherine´s College, Oxford and the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen designed between 1956 and 1961. For the decoration of The Royal Hotel he designed several pieces of furniture, lamps and fabrics, and also cutlery, glasses, and door handles. His work for Stelton and Fritz Hansen has become internationally renowned, pieces including the Ant and Series Seven chairs are contemporary classics that have defined the international status of the manufacturer.