Kaare Klint and Edvard Kindt-Larsen 'Mix' Lounge Chair in Niger Leather
Kaare Klint, "Mix" easy chair model no. 4396, niger leather and mahogany, Denmark, design 1939, manufactured in the late 90s.
Early "Mix" easy chair in original Niger upholstery and mahogany by Kaare Klint. Executed by master cabinetmaker Rud Rasmussen, Copenhagen. Klint named the mix chair on a sketch, where he described it as “a mixture of Kindt and Klint”. In doing so he credited his pupil at the Academy, Edvard Kindt-Larsen with his collaboration on the chair. The first four chairs were made around 1930. The Mix Chair was made from 1931 by Rud Rasmussens Snedkerier as model number 4396. While the chair was originally produced in oak with Nigerian goatskin upholstery and brass fittings, Rud Rasmussens began to make frames in Cuban mahogany as well as other woods, and with a variety of upholsteries, secured either with brass fittings or welted edges.
This specific model is a later production from the late 90s with a mahogany frame, natural colored niger leather and finished with brass nails. A classic easy chair with loose, firm cushions.
Harkær, Gorm. Kaare Klint 1 and 2. Copenhagen: Klintania, 2010 p. 361-362
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 of architect and designer Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, 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 1920s and 1930s has had a lot of influence on other designers in both Europe and the United States.