Frits Henningsen Pair of Armchairs in Birch and Niger Leather
Frits Henningsen, pair of armchairs, birch, Niger leather, Denmark, 1932
Pair of very elegant armchairs with strong lines throughout the design. These chairs are made in the 1930s in Denmark. The whole silhouette of these chairs is in harmony and so distinguished. The backrests are tufted and have a classic look. The angular and tapered legs lift the chair up in a subtle but graceful manner. With the patinated Niger leather and birch the chairs get an authentic look and underline the importance of their heritage.
Danish furniture designer and cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen (1889-1965) is known for his distinct oeuvre that features high-quality pieces with characterizing craftsmanship. At the young age of 12, Henningsen finished a cabinetmaker apprenticeship. Followed by travels through Europe and gaining experience in the field, he returned to Copenhagen in 1915 where he established his own furniture shop. Henningsen joined the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild which was an important annual furniture exhibition between 1927 and 1966. Here, designers exhibited their new pieces and joined the competition. It was an important module to help the Danish Modern movement gaining (international) recognition. His oeuvre is inspired by Kaare Klint who was one of Henningsen’s teachers. Henningsen believed in the fact that the piece of furniture should be the main focus point, not its creator which is nowadays to be seen as the reason why his designs did not gained as much popularity as some of his competitors.
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