8 Early 'Red Chairs' in Original Niger Leather by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
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Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, set of eight dining chairs 'The Red Chair', model 3758, oak, original patinated Niger leather, brass nails, designed 1927, manufactured 1930s.
Set of eight dining chairs, designed by Kaare Klint in 1927 and manufactured by Rudolf Radmussen. These iconic chairs were initially designed for the lecture hall of the Danish Art and Design Museum. Later on they were also presented at the World Exposition in Barcelona, where the design won the grand prix medal in 1929. The chairs are therefore also called 'Barcelona Chair'. Kaare Klint designed the chairs with an historic reference in mind. The form was influenced by an 18th century English design classic: The Chippendale chair. Klint used the perfect proportions of these chairs but streamlined them, so the design would be stripped of unnecessary decoration. With this landmark functionalist design, Kaare Klint searched for the essence of form and shape, leaving all superfluous ornaments behind. Klint stood with his 'Red Chair' at the very beginning of the highly influential Danish design movement. This chair can therefore be considered as a key design in the oeuvre of Klint, but also for Danish furniture making in general. This set still has its original leather, which has a warm color and is highly patinated and adds even more beauty to this design. The leather is fitted with brass nails and attached to a patinated oak frame with clean lines. The chairs have the cabinet makers paper label with a product number.