Personal question: As you get older, do your designs get more simple, or more complicated?
Arne Jacobsen designed his iconic Egg and Swan chairs in 1958, in the middle years of his career. But the last chair he ever designed, called the Lily, was "perhaps his most elaborate," says Christian Andresen, Fritz Hansen's Head of Design.
Originally designed without armrests for the Danish National Bank in 1968, Jacobsen followed up with an armest-equipped variant in 1970. This posed some manufacturing challenges: The curves of the armrests were so extreme that although they could be made from laminated wood, no veneer could be applied, as it would crack; hence the chair was sold painted or upholstered.