Kaare Klint 'Addition' Sofa's in Original Patinated Cognac Leather
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, set of two settees model 4698, warm cognac leather and oak, Denmark, 1933, production 1970s.
This set of freestanding sofas is one of the most iconic designs by Kaare Klint. They show a mix of functional, Minimalist and at the same time Classic features. This pair of outstanding chairs, rest on legs of Cuba mahogany. Both the seat and back are and deep-buttoned and feature the original patinated Niger leather reddish brown upholstery. They are designed in 1933 and produced by Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier until the 1970s. The settees are in a exceptional condition. The patina of the leather is truly in a perfect condition. For many objects time only makes the objects better, and that is truly the case with these two lounge chairs.
Kaare Klint (1888-1954) was a Danish architect and furniture designer. Klint can the seen as the father of Danish Midcentury design. Klint's was the son architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint who architect, designer and artist who is mainly known for designing the Grundtvigs church in Copenhagen. Kaare Klint himself has walked the same path from architect to designer as his father. In 1924, Klint founded the art academy of Copenhagen where he was professor in furniture design. Klint worked and thought along a few strong principles being the importance of former styles and believed that the only way forward was to have a deep knowledge of craftsmanship. One of his other core design principles was to research functionality and deep knowledge of the working of the human body. Klinkt drew inspiration from the Shakers, Chippendale and Biedermeier. Kaare Klint's style from the 20s and 30s has had a lot of influence on other designers in both Europe and the United States. Amongst others, Hans Wegner, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl and Poul Kjærholm have taken influence from Klint.
Literature: Gorm, Harkær, Klintiana: Kaare Klint, vol. 2, ill. p. 94.