Kaare Klint Early Sofa in Cognac Leather for Rud Rasmussen
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, sofa model 4118, in leather and mahogany, by Denmark, 1929, made in 1950s.
Classic and elegant Scandinavian three-seat sofa by Kaare Klint. This model was designed in 1929. The base consist of eight legs in mahogany with X-shaped cross-connections, which creates a beautiful rhythm. The sloping armrests provide this settee an elegant touch. This wonderful sofa is in a very good condition. The cognac leather shows an absolute admirable patina. The seating has a more bright patine, which creates an interesting and vibrant effect on the inside. The back of this sofa is also in cognac leather, which is not obvious with this model.
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 1920s and 1930s 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.
Gorm Harkær, Klintiana: “Kaare Klint”, vol. 2, p. 93.